Whether you’re a new student or a returning student, we’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Health & Counselling Centre. We have mental health clinicians, nurses and physicians to help you with your health care needs. Below you will find information to help you make use of our services. 
Note: If you are a Canadian citizen, please have your provincial health card available. International students, please have your health insurance information available. 

Book an Appointment

Your first appointment will be an Intake Assessment with one of our Nurses. When booking this appointment online, you can choose a General Health appointment or a Mental Health one. The Nurse will speak with you privately, to get information about your health concern and she will then direct you to the right service after carefully listening and evaluating your physical and/or mental health needs. She will then book you an appointment with one or more of the following professionals at the Health & Counselling Centre: Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Therapist, or a specialized Nurse, and will also recommend other university supports, as well as community-based and online resources that may be helpful.




The physicians at the Health and Counselling Centre can assess your illness, order tests, prescribe medications, make referrals to specialists, etc.  If you have an ongoing issue, we will make every reasonable effort for you to see the same physician throughout the year.


The nurses provide many services to students, including health education, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, regular STI testing, liquid nitrogen treatment, immunizations, injections, wound care, etc.  The nurses are happy to meet with you to help you with your health concerns.

Prescription refills

You require an appointment with the physician for a prescription refill.  Please plan ahead – call to book an appointment at least 1-2 weeks before you run out of your current supply.  If you have a prescription for a controlled substance, please be aware that these cannot be transferred from province to province. 

STI Testing

For individuals who are sexually active, we recommend regular STI testing twice a year, once per term, or if anything concerns you. Have questions? – arrange an appointment to see the intake nurse.

Blood tests, X-rays

Any blood tests, x-rays ordered by the physician are done at the local hospital.  Blood tests are done by appointment only at the hospital Monday-Friday 7:00am-2:30pm by calling 902-867-8821 or online  (you will require your health card and/or your health insurance card).

Test results

Due to the volume of tests ordered through the Health & Counselling Centre, we contact only those students who require follow-up. “No news is good news”. Please feel free to contact the nurse if you wish to inquire about your test results.

Contacting students/Communication

Our preferred method of contacting students for non-urgent matters is through your StFX e-mail. Please check it regularly. For more urgent matters, we contact you by phone – please ensure we have an up-to-date phone number for you.


Health and Counselling Centre

305 Bloomfield Centre
5555 Union Place
Antigonish NS B2G 2W5

Emergency Contact

Emergency: 911
Mental Health Crisis Line
Nurse Telecare: 811
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
1-877-880-7263  24 hrs toll free
St. Martha's Hospital
25 Bay Street, Antigonish

Crisis Text Line – text GOOD2TALKNS to 686868

GOOD TO TALK – to talk to someone call 1-833-292-3698