Student groups across the McGill community are banding together to provide support to any and all students who felt in any way harmed- emotionally, physically, or otherwise- by the incidents on the evening of Thursday 10 November.
For students seeking a safe and supportive environment in which to discuss what happened SSMU will be hosting an informal drop-in tea-and-listening session in the Student Lounge (first floor of SSMU) on Sunday, November 13, from 2– 5 PM. All are welcome; no journalists or press will be allowed; no names will be taken and all discussions will remain confidential.
For students seeking support by phone Nightline is operating during its normal hours, from 6:00 PM to 3:00 AM, 7 days a week. Nightline responders are trained in active listening and provide referral services to all students and the community. The McGill Nightline Number is (514)398-MAIN (6246).
The Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) will also be running a phone line service. SACOMSS volunteers are trained to provide support for survivors of sexual assault, however in light of Thursday’s events will offer general active listening. The SACOMSS support line is (514)398-8500. This line will be available from 12 noon to midnight today, November 11. The line will also be available 10am-9pm on Saturday, 1-5pm on Sunday, and 6pm-12am on Monday. Check back here as these hours may be further expanded.
For students seeking support in person Drop-in services will also be available in the SACOMSS office in the Shatner building, room B27 on Saturday (10am-6pm), Sunday (1-5pm) and Monday (12-3pm). Hours are subject to change, so please check http://www.facebook.com/sacomss for more information.
Student Advocacy Representation for you is available; we recommend that if you were hurt during last night’s incidents, you document your injuries and experiences (take photos and write down what happened). Click here to contact McGill Legal Information Clinic Student Advocacy Program.
Resources from QPIRG
QPIRG McGill will be offering resources to anyone who needs support following the Nov. 10 demonstration.
1. Support: if you wish to seek counselling or therapy, QPIRG McGill will be providing a list of therapists who are able to provide support specific to the events of November 10.
2. Legal information session & resources: if you were harmed and/or arrested by the police or McGill Security, and are unsure of your options.
3. Space: QPIRG McGill has rooms and meeting spaces that are available to all members who wish to use them. Email or stop by the offices to book space.
Time and dates of events are TBD (check www.qpirgmcgill.org for more details to come), but if you are unable to attend a session, or if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or in person at 3647 University Street or by phone at (514) 398 7432.
QPIRG will attempt to make all resources available to anyone, regardless of financial means; get in touch if this is a concern for you.
If you require any support which is not outlined in this message, please contact SSMU VP (Internal) Todd Plummer, internal [at] ssmu.mcgill.ca.