Open Door

Peer-to-peer mental health support for Brock University students.

The Fall program is now complete. New dates have not yet been scheduled. Please check back. 

Open Door is a drop-in, peer-to-peer mental health support program for Brock University students.

Offered by Brock University Nursing students, this is an open and confidential space for anyone wishing to chat or talk about any mental health and wellness concerns.

  • Free, confidential support and referrals
  • Caring individuals ready to support students facing mental wellness challenges
  • Assistance of early intervention services under the supervision of a Registered Nurse Clinical Instructor
  • A safe space with snacks and beverages

The hours for Open Door are in late afternoon and early evening to provide a place for participants to come and relax and chat.


The overarching vision is to complement other existing services and fill the gap for evening hours support and contribute to a better outcome for student overall well-being.

Nursing students offer peer to peer support and assistance of early intervention services under the supervision of a Registered Nurse Clinical Instructor. The student’s involved in Open Door are registered in either NUSC 4F92:  Community Health Nursing Practicum or NUSC 3P92:  Mental Health Practicum.


The goals of Open Door are to provide early intervention, mental wellness support, and prevention services to Brock students using a peer support model and provide an experiential learning experience for nursing students.

Scope of Practice and intervention is based on the need to respond to help seeking behaviour by providing brief assessment and prevention through referral services.

This project was created and implemented (fall 2018) as an on-campus student led resource called Open Door to provide preventative mental health support and prevention to Brock students in a manner that meets Brock’s mental health strategy including recommendations from the JED report.

This initiative was developed in collaboration with a wider Brock community (Department of Nursing, Student Health Services, Student Wellness and Accessibility, Student Life and Community Service, Office of University Secretariat, Campus Security, Resident Life, McMaster Medical School), and other community partners (Distress Centre).

Located at TH 134, the Student Health and Wellness HUB is a space where students can drop in to chat with a Peer Health Educator about ways to improve their overall health and wellness.

To find the Hub head to the Marketplace, look for the stairs and elevators and follow the signs!

To learn more about the many other mental health resources available at Brock, visit the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre

If you’re having an emergency, get immediate help

If you are concerned about your own or another person’s safety, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Crisis Resources

A list of campus and community support resources including distress numbers here >>

Contact us

Clinical-Practicum Coordinator

Sandra Micsinszki
Office: EA 301
905 688 5550 x4780

Student Health Services
Health Promotion Educator

Julie Fennell
Office: TH 134A
905 688 5550 x5861

In the news

A new student-run initiative is set to offer additional support for mental wellness on campus.