Support Resources

Scroll through the list below to find resources based on your organization.

Athletic & Exercise Therapy Clinic
Provided for all varsity athletes. Services include prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Appointments for team physician are set up by head atheltic therapist. 
Monday- Friday 9:30-12:00/ 1:00-4:00

Tara Sutherland, Head Athletic Therapist
Tel: 902-867-2231
Oland Centre

Counselling Centre
On campus mental and physical health resource centre. Speak to a registered nurse or one of the mental health team members. A specific treatment plan will be developed to access and help with the students needs.
Monday & Thursday 8:30am- 8:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30- 4:30.

Susan Beson
Tel: 902-867-2263
305 Bloomfield Centre

Fitness & Recreation
A variety of services to help students and community members in the field of recreation. Swimming, fitness centre, indoor and outdoor track's, basketball and raquet courts.
Monday-Thursday 6:00 am - 10:30, Friday 6:00am- 9:00pm, Saturday 8:00am- 8:00pm, Sunday 9:00am - 10:30pm

Roating staff at Info Desk
Tel: 902-867-2181
Oland Centre / Keating Centre

Health and Dental Benefits
On campus student service coordinator to help with all health and dental inquiries
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

Jenna Cameron
Tel: 902-867-2495
303C Bloomfield centre

Sexual Violence Support and Education
Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator.

Margaret Elliot

Disability Resource Centre
At The Tramble Centre for Accessible Learning we offer an inclusive environment, and many supports to help students with permanent disabilities achieve their educational goals. The Accessible learning team also have student mentors - students with disabilities who are self-advocates and active participants in the StFX community.
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

Elizabeth Kell, coordinator
Tel: 902-867-5349
108 Angus L. MacDonald Library

Student Success Centre
Academic services provided to all students.

Margo Boyd
Tel: 902-867-5221
108 Angus L. MacDonald Library

LGBTQA2+(Gender and Sexual Diversity Student Advisor)
The Positive Space Program celebrates diversity, works towards being a safe and accepting environment for persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations, & to reduce the stigma surrounding the LGBTQA2+ community.
Monday - Friday 9am-12pm / 1pm-4:30pm

Breanna O'Handley
Tel: 902-867-3870
313B Bloomfield Centre

Indigenous Services (Coordinator for Aboriginal Student affairs support)
The Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Affairs works within Student Life and in partnership with regional Aboriginal communities to ensure Aboriginal students are supported and connected to their learning environment- academically, culturally and socially.
Monday - Friday 9am-12pm / 1pm-4:30pm

Terena Francis
Tel: 902-867-5413
313B Bloomfield Centre

African Student Support
They works in partnership with the university and community to ensure that students of African descent are supported, guided and encouraged in making the transition and adjustment to the challenges of University life. 
Monday - Friday 9am-12pm / 1pm-4:30pm

Kelsey Jones
Tel: 902-867-5455
313B Bloomfield Centre

Student Advocates Services
Our advocates are trained extensively in matters related to the Community Code of Conduct in order to provide guidance and support to students during the conduct process. This free and confidential service is available to all students enrolled at StFX. From answering questions to representing you at hearings, the advocates are a great resource.
Depending on students schedule

Campus wide

Bring in the Bystander 
BITB is a program that is based on a model of community responsibility that emphasizes the fact that everyone has a role to play in ending and preventing sexual violence.resentations last about 1 - 2 hours at a time, during which the coordinator and facilitators introduce the bystander model and apply it to real life situations, talk about sexual violence on a continuum, talk about the culture in which sexual violence occurs and go over some known facts and statistics along with intervention techniques.

Jenna Novosad
Campus Wide

Drive U
Drive U Service is a free transportation vehicle that drives students home safely from campus to anywhere within 15km of Antigonish. It runs 7 nights a week to ensure that our students are comfortable staying on campus past dark.  
Sun-Tues 8:00pm-12:00Am ; Wed 8:00pm-1:30AM; Thurs 8:00pm-12:00am; Fri 9:00pm-1:30am, Sat 8:00pm-12:00am

Upper entrance of Bloomfield Centre

The Xaviern Weekly
A student led free newspaper with 15 publications throughout the school year. A good resource for students on events, activities, politics, and local happenings on the Stfx campus. 

Tel: 902-867-5007
111D Bloomfield Centre (office)

Student Food Resource Centre
The StFX Students' Food Resource Centre is a free, confidential, and accessible service aiming to provide all students with the appropriate resources to manage a sufficient, healthy diet. In addition to being a student food bank, we are also working to engage discussions surrounding food poverty on Canadian University campuses and initiate action to eradicate it. 
Monday - Friday 1:10pm-6:10pm

Back door of MacKinnon Hall

StFX Peer Support Program
The StFX Peer Support Program exists as a service under the StFX Students’ Union, providing empathetic listening and resource navigation services through a team of trained student volunteers. The services we provide are holistic and aimed towards those struggling with mental health or sexualized violence, and we strive to provide non-judgmental support to all students regardless of gender, race, or other socioeconomic factors. All services are survivor centric, feminist, inclusive, anti-oppressive, and born of a desire to make seeking support a less intimidating process. Services will be drop-in only from 12pm to 5pm on weekdays, no phone calls or pre-scheduled appointments.

Email:  (we do not provide support via email - only in person)
Facebook: StFX Peer Support Program
Location: 417 Bloomfield Centre
Antigonish Womens Resource Centre(AWRC)
Provides services to individual women and adolescent girls that include crisis and ongoing problem-solving support, information, advocacy, accompaniment and referral. services and programs are designed to provide a comprehensive approach to problem solving and are delivered in a manner that promotes self-awareness, independence, and individual decision making.
Monday -Friday 9:00- 4:30

Vangie Babin
Tel: 902-863-6221
219 Main St Antigonish (204) 

Kids First
Delivers free programs and services to families with children ages 0-6 in Antigonish County. Also offer prenatal supports to pregnant women within the community. 
Monday -Friday 9am-12pm /1pm -3pm

Debbie Anderson
Tel: 902-863-3848
27 St. Andrews Street, Antigonish

Lindsay Health Centre
Services and programs are open to all women and adolescent girls of all socioeconomic, diversity, and sexual preferences. 
Monday - Friday 9:00- 4:30

Tel: 902-863-6221
219 Main St, Antigonish (204)

Pictou- Antigonish Library
Health Connections Resource centre, provides free health information and support
Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday- Closed

Tel: 902-863-9318
283 Main Street, Antigonish

Mental Health Services- Antigonish
Mental Health outpatient and inpatient services
Open 24/7

Tel: 902-867-4500 ext 4345
25 Bay Street, Antigonish

Naomi Society
Provide support for individuals who experience family and intimate partner violence.
Monday - Friday 8:00-16:00

Nicole Mann
Tel: 902-863-3807
Unit 103- 133 Church Street Antigonish

Friendship Corner- John Paul Centre
Provide a gathering place for individuals, to have a friendly chat and a cup of coffee when those options do not exist so easily for the individual. The Friendship Corner reaches out to those who need a “corner” to call their own.
September - June 13:00-16:00 Tuesday and Thursday
308 Main Street, Antigonish

Men's Health Centre
Physical and mental health services provided to men in collaboration.
Tuesdays - 9:00-15:00

Tel: 902-863-2358
275 Main Street, Suite 103

Caregiver Support Group
A monthly support group for those who provide care to family and friends.
Second Tuesday of every month

Cindie Smith
Tel: 902-324-2273 or 1-877-488-7390
283 Main Street, Antigonish

Sexual Assault Nurse Examinator
A coordinator between STFX, NS department of health and the AWRC with GASHA. A Registered nurse who provides examinations of sexual assault victims.
Open 24/7

Tel: 1-877-880-7263 or RCMP or Hospital Or AWRC or STFX Counseling
25 Bay St, Antigonish

Immigrant Support Program
Support Services offered to immigrants and newcomers, provided by the Antigonish Womens Resource Centre.
Monday -Friday 9:00-16:30

Jubanti Toppo
Tel: 902-318-3985
219 Main St, Antigonish RM 303

Tearmann House (Abused Women Crisis Line)
advocating for strengthened community support systems, for creating sustainable partnerships to eliminate violence against women and children, and providing services that transition women towards safety, independence and greater self worth.  
Open 24/7

Tel: 902-752-0132
P.O Box 153, New Glasgow, N.S.

Aberdeen Mental Health Services- New Glasgow
Physical and Mental health services provided at this hosptial.
Open 24/7

Tel: 902-752-7600
835 East River Road, New Glasgow, N.S.

Strait Area Womens Place
A non profit organization that offers a friendly, safe and non judgemental environment for women and adolescent girls to access support, to meet new people and to learn new skills. Provides services that include supportive counselling, information, advocacy, referrals, parenting support,and accompaniment to legal and medical appointments. Strait Area Women's Place is staffed by crisis support counsellors that offer a variety of programs that are defined by client need. Drop-ins are welcomed, no appointment is neccessary. Our goal is to empower and support women in making informed and healthy decisions for themsleves and their family. 
Monday-Friday 9:00-?16:30

Tel: (902) 625-1614
609 Church St, suite 104 Port Hawkesbury, N.S.

211- Nova Scotia Resource Line
211 is a free, confidential information and referral service that can connect you to thousands of programs and services offered by local community groups, nonprofits and government departments across Nova Scotia. It is available throughout the province – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – by dialing “2-1-1” to speak to a helpful staff member, by searching the easy-to-use online database at or texting 21167.
Open 24/7
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and the Public Health Agency of Canada has developed 2 toolkits to support people who have been impacted by suicide. One toolkit is tailored for people who have attempted suicide , and the other is focused on resources for people who have lost someone to suicide . The MHCC wishes to thank the Advisory Committee comprised of people with lived experience related to suicide for their assistance in making these toolkits possible.
In the summer of 2017, the MHCC conducted an online survey to elicit feedback from people who have been affected by suicide. With over a thousand responses, the survey helped gain a better understanding of what topics, content areas, resources, and information were important to include in the toolkits.

Many respondents indicated a preference for “people-first” language as opposed to “survivorship language”. For this reason, “people-first” language is used in the toolkit. That said, many of the resources linked from the toolkits use “survivorship” language.
Please note that the toolkits are not intended to replace a conversation and are not designed to be an exhaustive list of the wide variety of resources available across Canada for support. If you or someone you know is experiencing distressing thoughts or thoughts of suicide, please contact your local distress centre or Kids Help Phone .
  • Good2Talk: 1 (866) 925-5454
  • Bullying Hotline: 1 (888) 456-2323
  • Family Violence Hotline: 310-1818
  • Mental Health Hotline: 1 (877) 303-2642
  • Kids Help Phone: 1 (800) 668-6868
The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program
The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program provides mental health, emotional and cultural support services to eligible former Indian Residential School students and their families throughout all phases of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, including:
  • Common Experience Payments (CEP)
  • Independent Assessment Process (IAP)
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) events
  • commemorative activities
Resolution Health Support Program Services are safe, confidential, respectful and non-judgmental.

You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 24-Hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

Indian Residential School Survivor Society
The IRSSS Crisis line is available 24/7 at 1-800-721-0066.

The Hope For Wellness
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer:
  • counselling
  • crisis intervention
Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at

First Nations Health Authority

Healing in Colour
Healing in Colour envisions a world where BIPOC, in all our intersections, have access to therapy that supports our healing and liberation. Find a BIPOC therapist in your community. Access a curated list of resources that support healing.

Native Youth Crisis Line 1-877-209-1266
24/7 crisis line for Indigenous Youth available for residents of Canada and the United States.

Eskasoni Mental Health Services (EMHS)
Eskasoni Mental Health Services (EMHS) provides a wide range of services to the Mi’kmaq people of Eskasoni, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The Tui'kn Residential School Survivor Team provides services to all 5 Unama'ki (Cape Breton) communities

Nova Scotia Health Authority: Mental Health and Addictions (NSHA MHA)
There are thousands of mental health and addictions professionals who provide support, programs, and services to Nova Scotians across the province.

Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Mental Wellness Team
The Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Mental Wellness Team provides case management and service navigation for First Nations persons of all ages seeking mental wellness services.
Trans Lifeline
Non-profit hotline run by transgender people, for transgender people.

PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non- heterosexual children. The "coming-out" process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Contact us at 1 (888) 530-6777 ext. 224

Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project

Sexual Health Nova Scotia
All of the work done by Sexual Health Nova Scotia reflects a sex-positive, pro-choice, youth-positive, LGBTQA2S* friendly approach. Everyone who walks into Member Centres finds spaces that respect individual choice. Furthermore, all services are free.

An online magazine for GLBTIQ news in Atlantic Canada.

The Youth Project
The Youth Project is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. They have a provincial mandate so although we are located in HRM, we travel around the province to meet with youth in other communities. They provide a variety of programs and services including support groups, referrals, supportive counselling, a resource library, educational workshops, social activities.

NSHA prideHealth Community Locations
The prideHealth nurse provides health care services for adults and youth at a number of safe community locations in the city.

NSHA prideHealth Directory of Health and Wellness Providers
Listing of health and wellness programs and services as well as individual service providers that have expressed a commitment to providing competent and welcoming care for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) people in Nova Scotia.

NSHA pridehealth Trans Health Guide
prideHealth’s Trans* Health Guide is for trans* people in Nova Scotia and their families and friends, providing clear information about how you can get medical help and the support you may need and want. This guide will help you understand resources and services in Nova Scotia for trans* people

Egale Canada
Egale Canada Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues.

First Love Yourself (FLY902)
Transgender peer support for adults in Nova Scotia. They have regular peer support meetings as well as other events for trans and gender questioning people.

Gender Creative Kids Canada
Gender Creative Kids is a website that provides resources for supporting and affirming gender creative kids within their families, schools, and communities.

Halifax Sexual Health Clinic
The Halifax Sexual Health Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes sexual and reproductive health within an environment that respects confidentiality and supports individual choice.
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