Health and Wellness Resources for Students


Explore resources to help you stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. For up-to-date information on wellness resources, log-in to the Student Resource Centre on Canvas.

  • In-person wellness information in the UBC Life Building


    Wellness Peers
    Have one-on-one conversations online with Wellness Peers, who are trained students that can help answer your questions on navigating your student experience. Get tips and resources on stress, study tips, or navigating university life.


    Nurse on Campus 
    Registered nurses from UBC Student Health Service can give you personalized tips, resources, and health advice. It's confidential, free and there is no appointment needed.
    • Thursday – 10:00am to 12:00pm at Acadia Park Commons Block 
    • Thursday – 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Orchard Commons (Commons Block)
    • Thursday – Dates and Times TBA at UBC Life Building


  • Online tools


    Here2Talk
    A free and confidential program to access single-session 24/7/365 mental health support and community referral services via app, phone, and web.

    MindHealthBC
    Take an online mental health assessment and access mental health resources for yourself or someone you know.

    HealthLinkBC
    Check physical health symptoms and find resources for public and personal health.

    HeretoHelp
    Learn more about mental health, mental illness, and substance use problems, as well as access quality resources for these topics.

    Student Services at Corpus Christi College and UBC
    Find and access student wellness resources available at our Colleges, organized by topic.


  • Coaching, wellness advising, and counselling


    UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP)
    Offered by Aspiria, the UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, 24/7 wellness resource for students. Services include personal counselling, life coaching, group programs and more based on your needs.
    • Call toll-free within North America – 1-833-590-1328
    • Call toll-free outside North America – 1-604-757-9734
    • Visit the Aspiria Website


    UBC Counselling Services 
    UBC Counselling Services offers drop-in virtual counselling appointments, wellness advising online appointments, group counselling programs, and more
    • Monday – 8:30am to 3:30pm
    • Tuesday – 8:30am to 3:30pm 
    • Wednesday – 8:30am to 6:00pm
    • Thursday – 10:00am to 3:30 pm
    • Friday – 8:30am to 3:30pm 
    • Saturday and Sunday – closed


    Thrive (November 1-30)
    Every November, the UBC community comes together through the Thrive initiative to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health.


  • Sexual violence support


    Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
    The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) is a confidential place for those who have experienced, or been impacted by, any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or ham, regardless of where or when it took place. Book a consultation or appointment with a Support Specialist, get help in finding a safe place to stay, arrange academic concessions, and more


  • Medical care


    Student Health Service in the UBC Hospital
    • Phone: 604-822-7011 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Friday – 8:00am to 4:00pm
    • Wednesday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
    • Thursday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
    • Saturday – 8:00am to 3:30pm
    • Sunday – closed


    Medimap | Your family doctor or a walk-in clinic
    Look up wait times at nearby walk-in medical clinics. Medimap has partnered with thousands of walk-in clinics across the country to make it easy for you to access medical care when you need it.

  • Urgent mental health support

     
    Urgent Care Centre at UBC Hospital
    • Phone: 604-822-7121
    • Daily, 8:00am to 10:00pm

    Crisis Centre BC (24/7)
    If you are in crisis, distress, or having thoughts of suicide, help is available! Crisis Centre BC is here to listen, here to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Phone: 604-872-3311
    • Toll Free: 1-866-661-3311
    • 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
    • Mental Health Support: 310-6789

    Vancouver General Hospital's Access and Assessment Centre
    ​The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) is here to help you, your family member or your friend during a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue.
    • Phone: 604-675-3700
    • Daily, 7:30am to 11:00 pm

    Emergency Services
    • Emergency (Fire, ambulance, police): Call 9-1-1
    • HealthLinkBC: Call 8-1-1
    • 24/7 Help: Call 2-1-1
    • Poison Control Centre: 604-682-5050
    • Alcohol- and Drug-related: 604-660-9382
    • Emergency Care - Vancouver Coastal Health




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


  • Where can I learn more?


    • Visit the Wellness Centre in the UBC Life Building to talk to a Wellness Peer about stress and coping strategies, taking care of your physical and mental health, and resources on and off-campus. The Wellness Centre offers workshops on a wide range of wellbeing topics. You can attend as an individual or book one for your group.
    • Registered nurses from UBC Student Health Service set up booths around campus each week, where you can get personalized tips, resources, and health advice.
    • Headspace is an app to learn to meditate and live mindfully (App store or Google Play).
    • MoodFx.ca is an interactive tool to help people with depression and low mood.


  • What does wellness mean?



    We tend to think of 'wellness' or 'health' as eating right and exercising. While good nutrition and active living are important to our well-being, there are other aspects of our lives that contribute to our wellness.

    Learn more 


  • Can I see a Wellness Advisor at counselling services?


    • If you're feeling persistently stressed, anxious, or sad, you can make an appointment with a Wellness Advisor at UBC Counselling Services. When you drop-in to Counselling Services, you can book a same-day appointment with a Wellness Advisor, based on availability.
    • Wellness Advisors are Masters-level counsellors who meet students for a one-time 15-20 minute assessment. They'll listen to your needs and connect you with resources to best help you reach your goals. This could include self-directed resources, workshops, and coaching, group therapy, or individual therapy.


  • What is available for St. Mark's College graduate students?


    All of the resources listed on this website are available for graduate students. The Wellness Centre at UBC also has graduate Wellness Peers.


  • What is available for indigenous students?


    • In addition to all of the resources listed on this webpage, Indigenous students can access support from counsellors at the UBC First Nations Longhouse.
    • 24/7 support is available from the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline (1-855-242-3310) and Online Chat.




  • When should I call 911?


    • If you or someone you know experiences these signs, seek medical help right away:
    • Active thoughts of suicide with a plan or suicide attempt.
    • Loss of touch with reality, hallucinations or disorganized thinking.
    • Experiencing an alcohol or other drug overdose or trouble remaining conscious.
    • Immediate concerns about yourself or another person's safety.





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