Recognizing that good mental health is an essential part of overall health, the Province is expanding access to e-health resource Togetherall to all of Nova Scotia’s post-secondary students and apprentices.
Togetherall was previously available only to young people aged 16 to 29. It is a safe and anonymous online peer-to-peer community that is moderated by registered clinical practitioners, and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Togetherall members can share their thoughts and experiences by writing community posts, supporting others’ stories, creating art or taking well-being courses and resources.
“For World Mental Health Day on October 10, and every day, we recognize the critical importance of supporting self-care for post-secondary students anytime, anywhere,” said Brian Wong, Minister of Advanced Education. “Our students may be living away from their family and friend support network and may be struggling with anxiety. This is another way we are supporting the health of our students and making the availability of mental health resources a high priority.”
Expanding access to Togetherall adds to a suite of free online mental health resources available to post-secondary students through HealthyMindsNS.
The province is providing $10,000 for the additional access to Togetherall, in partnership with RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Future Launch, Nova Scotia Health and the QEII Foundation.
Young adults are often more vulnerable to experiencing mental illness. It is our moral responsibility to provide them with the support they need when and where they need them. Togetherall is a great example of how this can be achieved. The online community of peer-to-peer support allows people to reach out anonymously and without fear of judgement and in a format that is familiar to them.
Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health
Being able to connect with peers who can relate to your experiences and circumstances is hugely beneficial for students and youth, particularly those who may not want to access in-person support or who would prefer to do so anonymously.
Ben Fairhurst, chair, Students Nova Scotia
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