Graduate Well-Being Resources

UBC has a range of supports to help students plan their academic requirements, take care of their finances, and get health and well-being support when they need it. Below are some resources that graduate students may find helpful.

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Downloadable PDF:
Graduate Well-Being Resources

COVID-19 RESOURCES

UBC’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Website

COVID-19 – GRADUATE SCHOOL Website

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 Website

WELLNESS CENTRE’S CANVAS LINK Website Amalgamated resources/supports for students


COMMON RESOURCES

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It’s important to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health as you navigate the challenges of university life.

UBC offers a variety of free resources to support you throughout your studies. See what support options are available for you depending on your needs.

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This page presents links to a variety of health and wellness resources available on- and off-campus to UBC students. Explore the health resources available to you and get connected to the ones that meet your needs.

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Walk-In Hours: On website
Tel: 604-822-3811

MAIN LOCATION:
Brock Hall
1874 East Mall
Room 1040

OTHER LOCATIONS:
Lower Mall Research Station
2259 Lower Mall
Room 358

First Nations Longhouse
1985 West Mall

Oak Street Campus
Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC
4500 Oak Street

Services Offered:
Offered one of two appointment types:

1. Drop-In Counselling appointment
45 minute appointments are goal-directed, focusing on strengths and identifying helpful perspectives and/or strategies.

2. Wellness Advising appointment
15 – 20 minute appointments focus on assessment and wellness planning that connects you to the level of support that best meets your needs. Wellness Advisors are trained Masters-level counsellors. They’ll listen to your needs and connect you with resources to help you reach your goals. This could include self-directed resources, workshops and coaching, group therapy, or individual therapy.

*Emergency counselling, referrals and various levels of support available

FREE for students

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Enter Password on Website: Studentcare
Tel: 1-844-741-6389 (toll-free)
24/7

Services Offered:
24-hour/7 days a week Life-Coaching

Empower Me allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. As an eligible student at UBC Vancouver, you're entitled to sessions delivered in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling.

You can get support for issues of any kind, including relationships, family care, depression, anxiety, addictions, stress, work conflicts, and much more. Empower Me also offers a full suite of academic life services, such as life coaching, financial planning, and nutritional counselling.

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Tel: 604-822-7011
Most weekdays 8am-4pm
Location:
UBC Hospital
Room M334- 2211 Wesbrook Mall
student.health@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
Student Health Service offers a wide range of health assessments and treatments provided by doctors, nurses, and specialists.

Top reasons to visit Student Health Service:
Sexual health & birth control
Sports medicine
Injuries and wound care
Mental health/ illness
Immunization and allergy care
Referral to see a specialist

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Tel: 604-822-8450
Most weekdays 10am-5pm
Location:
1400 Life Building, 6138 Student Union Blvd.
Wellness.centre@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
At the Wellness Centre, Wellness Peer Educators are trained student volunteers who can answer your questions, talk with you, and recommend resources for everyday concerns related to health, relationships, and workload.

Graduate peers, and designated nurse hours available
Join workshops, events, and other activities to develop skills and strategies for wellness

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Tel: 604-822-5844
Most weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm
Location:
Brock Hall
1874 East Mall
Room 1203
info.accessibility@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
The Centre for Accessibility facilitates disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities, anxiety, mental health and ongoing medical conditions.
Under Policy 73

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Location:
Student Services – Faculty & Staff Resources
2016-1874 East Mall
early.alert@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
Early Alert is meant to provide support to any student, undergraduate or graduate, who might need assistance because of a temporary setback or an ongoing difficulty that puts their academic success at risk.
Students cannot refer themselves to Early Alert. Student CAN refer other students they are concerned for.

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Services Offered:
This is a direct link for multiple resources you can provide when wanting to help a friend who is feeling hopeless of thinking about harming themselves.

Tel: 604-822-2371
Mon: 10:00am-4:00pm/Thurs: 10:00am-6:00pm
Cali Schnarr – Coordinator
Location:
LIFE 0032 (Old SUB)
foodbank@ams.ubc.ca

Services Offered:
Food Bank can be used up to 6 times per term.

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Tel: 604-822-5021
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:00pm
Location:
UBC Life Building
1200-6138 Student Union Blvd.
isa@students.ubc.ca

Services Offered:
For international students to receive advising assistance & consultation, for the UBC guide for international students, and to connect to their community

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Tel: 604-822-1071
Location:
Walter Gage
5959 Student Union Blvd.
Book ONLINE via website

Services Offered:
Only available Sunday-Thursday from mid-September to end of April (except during Holiday break) and all week during exam periods.
$35/night
All other pertinent information on website.

 

URGENT CRISIS AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Tel: 604-822-7662
OR
9-1-1

Location:
UBC Hospital - Koerner Pavilion
2211 Wesbrook Mall

Services Offered:
Emergency services for those in acute crisis, and sexual assault services

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Tel: 604-675-3700
7 days/week 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
Location:
Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre
803 West 12th Avenue

Services Offered:
Referral Intake:
Phone and walk-in access
Referrals can be self- or family-initiated, from GPs, community programs, hospital emergency departments, inpatient units, police, ambulance

On-site assessment/treatment for:
Walk-in referrals • Referrals from GPs • Crisis intervention • MHA Section 28 (non

Telephone Services:
Clinical staff provide support, stabilization, crisis management and phone follow-up

And More

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Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433 – 24/7

Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1am)
Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am)

Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311
Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311
Seniors Distress Line: 604-872-1234

Services Offered:
Help is available! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call
1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE), or call your local crisis centre.
Language Service: Both of the 310-6789 and 1-800-SUICIDE phone lines are available in over 140 languages using a language service. Let them know which language you require, and they will try and provide an interpreter.

 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT

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Tel: 604-822-1588
Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
location:
6363 Agronomy Road, Room 4071
svpro.vancouver@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
A safe and confidential space for students, faculty and staff who have experienced sexual violence, regardless of where and when it took place. Includes any attempt or act of a sexual nature without your consent.
All gender identities, expressions and sexualities welcome.

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Tel: 604.827.5180
7 Days/Week – 8:00am-10:00pm
Location:
6133 University Blvd

Services Offered:
Education, support, and empowerment of people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence as well as their friends and family. They serve UBC students, staff, faculty, and people with a connection to the UBC campus through various resources and services.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

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Tel: 604-822-5355
7 days/week: 8pm-2am
safewalk@ams.ubc.ca

Services Offered:
Provides a transportation service that will accompany students, staff, and visitors who feel unsafe walking alone, across campus.

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Tel: 604-822-2222 (24/7)
7 days/week: 7:30am-6:30pm
Location:
2133 East Mall

Services Offered:
Works towards making the campus a safe environment in numerous ways, from heading Secure Access to providing personal safety services and technologies and hosting security and safety workshops.

Tel: 9-1-1

24/7

Services Offered:
Acute crisis regarding safety/security

 

WELL-BEING COMMITTEE - VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

Please note: You will be met with compassion in bringing any of your issues to these individuals, who will be conduits of resources to best aid you moving forward
What they are not: They are not trained therapists or counsellors, so please go to them for support but if a therapeutic experience is required, they will refer you.
Anything related to the Economics Department will be within their jurisdiction.

Vadim Marmer – Faculty Representative
Director of Graduate Studies
vadim.marmer@ubc.ca
Faculty and Student Relations, Academic Concessions, Progress, Graduate Advising, Graduate Approvals

Devin Clemens – Staff Representative
Graduate Programs Manager
devin.clemens@ubc.ca
Faculty and Student Relations, Academic Concessions, Standing, Graduate Advising, Case Documenting, Research Assistantships, Teacher Assistantships, Wellbeing Liaison

Katie Bishop – Staff Representative
Special Projects
katie.bishop@ubc.ca
Wellbeing Liaison, Coordinator of Wellbeing Initiative/Resources, Administrative Aid

Ieda Matavelli – Student Representative
iedarmatavelli@gmail.com
Graduate Student Support, Wellbeing Ambassador

Neil Lloyd – Student Representative
neil_lloyd@outlook.com
Graduate Student Support, Wellbeing Ambassador

Allen Peters – PhD Grad Representative
apeters@protonmail.com
Graduate Student Support, Wellbeing Ambassador

 

UBC PEER SUPPORT RESOURCES

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Get in touch with the VSE Graduate Well-being Representative for more information.

VSE’s Graduate Student Peer Support
Wellbeing Ambassador:
Ieda Matavelli - iedarmatavelli@gmail.com

Other contact on website

Services Offered:
Organization started and run by graduate students regarding mental health and well-being issues.

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Tel: 604-822-3203
To email with an advocacy inquiry about the Faculty of Graduate studies as it falls under GSS’s purview: advocacy@gss.ubc.ca

For any questions regarding GSS’s policies:
VP Academic and University Affairs: vpacademic@gss.ubc.ca or
GSS President:president@gss.ubc.ca

Services Offered:
Online space that brings together resources for graduate students, including information about on and off campus events.

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PUG (Professional Undergrads – i.e. Law, Medical school - and Graduate Students)
Mondays 5-6pm
Location:
Woodward Library Room B75 (WOOD B375)
info@the-kaleidoscope.com

Services Offered:
Peer Support Group - Kaleidoscope’s primary goal is to provide a safe, confidential, stigma-free environment for all individuals who identify with having with lived experience of mental health concerns.
Not medical professionals, but rather a safe space with peers.

 

ACADEMIC AID/SUPERVISION

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Tel: 604-822-2876
Weekdays – 8:00am-4:00pm
Faculty of Arts
Location:
6000 Iona Drive

Services Offered:
Scholarships, Bursaries, awards, loans, academic advising/planning.

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Mon-Fri – 8:30am-4:00pm
Location:
170-6371 Crescent Road

Services Offered:
Administration for all Graduate Studies – information base

Extremely useful link to the Graduate Game Plan: Graduate Game Plan Site

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Tel: 604-822-6149
Location:
C.K. Choi Building
181 - 1855 West Mall
ombuds.office@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
The office will be a resource centre for students, faculty and staff to find information and receive guidance, consultation and advice about their concerns and issues relating to fair processes, practices and outcomes affecting students.

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Tel: 604-822-9836
Most weekdays: 9:30am-4:00pm
Find your advisor's contact information on the Student Service Centre (SSC) under Personal Info > UBC Contacts.
Brock Hall
1874 East Mall

Services Offered:
Go to for: managing finances, creating financial plans, paying tuition, transcripts, conferral of degree. Walk through payment options.

Coaches: Peer Academic Coaches

Link to helpful tips: Time Management Tips

Graduate Specific Event (January 2020): Time Management Events

Wellness Centre seminar can be requested: Wellness Centre Time Management Workshops

 

CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Services Offered:
Graduate Pathways to Success (Pathways) is a palette of non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities designed to complement your graduate program's academic curriculum and mentorship experience.

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Tel: 604-822-4011
Location:
Brock Hall
Room 1036, 1874 East Mall
Csic.support@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
The Centre provides all UBC students with access and connection to workplace learning, mentoring, volunteer and leadership opportunities; and offers career and employment related services to students, academic departments, employers, parents, and alumni.

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Tel: 604-822-6375
Location:
1961 East Mall

Services Offered:
*1:1 Consultations with Peers*
Services in Koerner Library include a Digital Scholarship Lab for research, experimentation, and collaboration, consultations and workshops for UBC researchers, expertise in digital scholarship, GIS, and data services; and a welcoming space for projects and presentations.

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Tel: 604-827-0360
Location:
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
214 – 1961 East Mall
ctlt.info@ubc.ca

Services Offered:
Professional development in teaching and learning, integration of technology into teaching and learning.

 

LANGUAGE AND WRITING

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September 21st – December 11th, 2020 Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 8pm
Tuesday, Thursday 10am – 6pm

Location:
Third Floor of the Irving K. Barber Library
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1
Please note that, due to COVID-19 safety protocols, all appointments are currently being held online.

Services Offered:
Break through communication clutter with clear, persuasive and effective writing. Whether you’re writing content for blog posts, workplace communications, magazine and newspaper articles or digital media, engage your audience and get the results you want with fresh writing, editing and storytelling skills. Because more than ever, words matter.

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Tel: 604-822-1555
Location:
2121 West Mall

Services Offered:
As an ELI student, you learn from English Language instructors who are leaders in the field of language education. You also have access to many of the outstanding resources that UBC offers.