Mental Health Supports
With the UBC Okanagan campus community and the world navigating a significant amount of change, taking care of your personal health and wellbeing is more important than ever. Staying positive and taking a proactive approach to keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy can make a difference.
Here are some resources to help guide you:
- The UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, 24/7 wellness resource available to UBC students anywhere in the world and offered in more than 180 languages.
- The Wellness Centre: Online provides access to self-care modules and resources offered in Canvas specifically for UBC Okanagan students.
- Student counselling and mental health: Information and resources available to students through campus Health and Wellness.
- Supporting your mental health during COVID-19
Student Counselling Services
- UBCO counsellors are available for virtual and telephone appointments. Please call 250 807 9270 to schedule an online appointment.
- All students have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services through Here2Talk.
Faculty & Staff Resources
- UBC’s FAQs for Faculty and Staff include important information about support for mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Working During COVID-19: Learn about the resources available to you through Human Resources.
- Managing During COVID-19: Updates and resources for managers provided by Human Resources.
- Return to Campus Mental Health Supports: Explore the resources available to faculty and staff.
- Managers, heads and deans toolkit: Support the mental health and resilience of your team.
- Make your mental health a priority: Consider ways to support your mental health and resilience.
- Access the Employee and Family Assistance Program: a confidential and voluntary counselling support service for you and your family.
- Use UBC Extended Health Benefits to reimburse some or all of the cost of many-health care services that are not covered by BC’s Medical Services Plan.
- Discover services, programs, and resources available to support mental health and wellbeing in your workplace.
- Explore resources from LifeWorks on a variety of topics including managing concerns and anxieties and talking to your child about life after the pandemic.
- Subscribe to the Healthy UBC Newsletter: Content will focus on mental health and wellbeing related to COVID-19.
- Join the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge to help reduce stress while increasing joy and performance in the workplace.
- How to stay motivated while working from home
- Follow the online ergonomics guide offered by Health, Safety and Environment to help minimize injuries and enhance productivity while working from home.
- Wellbeing in the Workplace: a self-paced course offered by UBC Wellbeing.
- Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program: a UBC HR program that encourages employee health and wellbeing.
- Check the UBC Okanagan events calendar for wellness workshops and activities.
Additional UBC Resources
- Participate in free virtual fitness classes led by UBC Okanagan instructors each week.
- Get active at home with tips and resources from UBC Recreation.
- Remember the Thrive 5: Support and foster your mental health while observing physical distancing.
- Join the Wellbeing Challenge: The Wellbeing Challenge is designed to help get you eating well, moving more, and staying socially connected during this challenging time.
- UBC experts offer their insight in a series of COVID-19 related webcasts provided by alumni UBC in partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
- Mindful Eating While in Isolation: Tips on what and where to eat by UBCO Food Services registered dietician Julie Stachiw.
- Access the virtual walk-in wellbeing clinic: The Department of Psychology is offering Psychological First Aid services by telehealth. Visit the clinic website for current hours.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 mental wellbeing.
Stay informed and make sure to check official sources for the most accurate and up-to-date COVID-19 information:
- UBC.ca for updates on COVID-19 and the university’s response.
- Accurate and up-to-date health advice and information about the virus: