Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

In the wake of the earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week, we have witnessed tragic images of devastation and loss of life on an unimaginable scale. We would like to express our most sincere sympathy and concern for all of those affected around the world, and particularly for the students, staff and faculty within the Acadia community who have been impacted. The sheer magnitude of this tragedy is heartbreaking, and we want you all to know that we are here for you to help you cope with your grief. Many of you may need support, and we have resources on campus to assist you in this time of need.

For students seeking support:

  • The Acadia Counselling Centre is open Monday and Wednesday 8:30 am- 7:30 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm (Closed for lunch from 12:00- 1:00 pm daily). Please visit the Counselling Centre website for more information.  
  • Call or email the Counselling Centre to make an appointment at 902-585-1246 or

Students requiring immediate support may access the following resources 24/7:

  • NS Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167
  • Good2TalkNS: 1-833-292-3698
  • Crisis Text Line: text “GOOD2TALKNS” to 686868
  • Acadia Safety & Security: 902-585-1103
  • In addition, the following online resources are available for Nova Scotia students 24/7 through Healthy Minds NS:
  • In the case of direct emergency, call 911

Employees seeking support may access Acadia’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for immediate, confidential help.

For those of you who would like to donate to the relief efforts for the families and individuals directly impacted in Turkey and Syria, there are numerous options available, some of which are listed below:

Michael Holmes
Director, Acadia International

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