Whether they’re struggling with depression, relationship issues or financial concerns, the Good2Talk helpline is available to post-secondary students.
The helpline, which is part of Kids Help Phone, launched in Nova Scotia in November 2018.
“We’re still in the process of getting the word out,” said Alisa Simon, vice president of service innovation, and chief youth officer, with Kids Help Phone. “It’s been running in Ontario over five years and many people have reached out.
“Counsellors are trained to deal with the issues that post-secondary students face, like being away from home for the first time, choosing a major, financial aid, anxiety and academic stress. It’s not always mental and emotional support that’s needed, sometimes it’s help with connecting to services.”
She said, because there is a high demand for on-campus counselling services, students often experience long wait times.
Good2Talk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Sometimes it’s late at night when people experience an anxiety attack or deep sadness,” said Simon. “We’re there whenever they need to talk to somebody.”
Provincial funding, through Healthy Minds NS, enabled the program to move into Nova Scotia.
Post-secondary students can speak to a counsellor, and remain anonymous, by calling 1-833-292-3698 toll free.