Mental Health in the Classroom

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Mental Health Accommodation and Issues in the Classroom

Brock University is committed to fostering a community where all persons have equitable access to education and the opportunities it provides in an academic environment that is accessible and respects the rights, dignity, confidentiality and self-esteem of students with disabilities, and which promotes inclusivity, equality and understanding.

As mandated by the Ontario Human Rights Code, Brock has a duty to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities when barriers exist to their full participation in the educational setting. To this end, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) plays a dual role within the university – protecting the rights of the student and protecting the academic integrity of the institution.

The Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) protects those with mental health disabilities from discrimination and harassment under the grounds of “disability.” The recent OHRC’s policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions, June 2014, provides detailed guidance on how to assess and respond to matters related to mental health or addictions.

All members of the Brock community have a Human Rights obligation and a shared responsibility to accommodate students with a disability whose needs have been assessed and approved by the SAS. The provision of academic accommodations involves a collaborative process and is a shared responsibility among all stakeholders, including SAS, faculty, teaching assistants and staff. SAS maintains expert knowledge of disability impact, current legislation and best practices for accommodating students with disabilities at the post-secondary level. When appropriate, SAS supports the educational process by arranging for and providing academic accommodations.

Please see the Faculty Resource Guide  and Brock University’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Faculty Resource Guide for some strategies on how to respond to mental health issues in the classroom.

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    Student Health Services

    Located in Harrison Hall
    (next to Campus Security)
    Physicians and Mental Health Nurse
    905-688-5550 x3243

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    Personal Counselling

    Located in the Schmon Tower – ST400
    905-688-5550 x3240 (crisis)

    905-688-5550 x4750 (non-crisis/

    appointment booking)


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    Campus Security

    Located in the Kenmore Centre (across from the Walker Complex)
    905-688-5550 x3200 (crisis)
    905-688-5550 x4300 (non-crisis)

Crisis Services
at Brock

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    Brock Campus Security

    905-688-5550 x3200

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    In Case Of Emergency

    Call 911

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    Niagara Distress Centre

    905-688-3711 (support line)

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    Niagara Health System, St. Catharines Hospital

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    Personal Counselling

    905-327-2244 (emergency after hours)

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    24 Hours Post-Secondary Student Hotline (Good 2 Talk)


After Hours Crisis Resources