We understand that students are facing many challenges due to COVID-19, the public health measures being taken in the province, and the effect this has had on the training and educational experience of students. These serious events will understandably produce new anxieties and emotional pressures for everyone. It is important to know this and to take appropriate steps to care for ourselves.
The Province of Nova Scotia has made eMental Health supports available, and these are directly accessible to you. You are encouraged to consider these resources as part of your self-care as you, like all of us, attend to physical and emotional well-being.
The following supports can be accessed through the web address which follows:
ICAN (Conquer Anxiety and Nervousness) – Anxiety Program: People looking for help for anxiety and depression can benefit from doing this program. In this program, you will learn and understand anxiety.
Mindwell U: (5 minutes a day to learn the basics in mindfulness) A free online challenge that takes just five minutes a day, and can be accessed anywhere and on any device.
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO): A free and private online resource available to Nova Scotians. It includes interactive activities and videos for people having challenges with their mental health.
The information about these services is being provided by the Higher Education Branch of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education.
The health and safety of our staff and students is our top priority. With this in mind, we are closing MBC the week of March 16, 2020, to everyone other than key administration staff. During this time, we will be preparing a plan to ensure as little disruption to learning as possible.
Upon return from March Break on March 23, 2020, and following recommendations from Public Health officials and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, we will be suspending all face-to-face classes and shifting to remote learning (ex. online). If you are on OJT, each placement will be dependent on the employer situation; please discuss it with your instructor.
This situation remains fluid, so we will continue to update our students and staff via email, social media, and our website with any information we can provide to support you through this challenging time.
We appreciate your patience during this time!
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