Health resources

Health Resources

If you need to seek testing or medical treatment during quarantine or isolation, you must:

  • Call 811 if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
    • cough or worsening of a previous cough
    • sore throat
    • headache
    • shortness of breath
    • muscle aches
    • sneezing
    • nasal congestion/runny nose
    • hoarse voice
    • diarrhea
    • unusual fatigue
    • loss of sense of smell or taste
    • red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause
  • immediately return to your place of quarantine or isolation location afterwards
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering while in transit
  • Be prepared to provide information about your travel to Nova Scotia, including things such as flight numbers, travel dates, how you traveled from the airport to your place of self-isolation, etc.

Information on COVID-10 testing sites is provided by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. 

Saint Mary’s Student Health Services is open for regular services.  Please note that it is not a testing site and you should not visit Student Health Services if you have COVID-19 symptoms.  Emergency medical services can be contacted by calling 911 or visiting a hospital in Halifax.  If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call 811. 

All international students studying at Saint Mary’s University are required to have health insurance. You are automatically enrolled in the SMUSA International Basic Health Plan. If you remain in Canada for 12 months, you may be eligible for MSI, the Nova Scotia Provincial Health Care Program.

Many Halifax pharmacies offer delivery services for prescriptions if required.  Contact the pharmacy directly to see if this service is available:

Mental Health Resources

The Saint Mary’s University Counselling Centre is open virtually to all current Saint Mary's students living in Canada. To arrange an appointment please email counselling@smu.ca. International students living outside of Canada can contact the Centre for information about other counselling supports.

Healthy Minds NS

Offers a suite of online mental health resources to complement counselling services available on campus, including the following:

Good2Talk
Free, Confidential, 24/7 Phone counselling service
1-833-292-3698

Crisis Text Line Powered by Kid’s Help Phone
Free, Confidential, 24/7 Phone counselling service
Just text "Good2TalkNS" to 686868 to be connected to a volunteer-supporter from the privacy of your phone.

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (24 hours Crisis Support via Phone)
902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167(toll free)

We encourage you to maintain close virtual contact with friends and family during your self-isolation period.  Video/phone calls, esports, or other social events are recommended to stay in touch and maintain social connection while you self-isolate.

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