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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Walk-In Hours: On website
1874 East Mall
Lower Mall Research Station
2259 Lower Mall
First Nations Longhouse
1985 West Mall
Oak Street Campus
Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC
4500 Oak Street
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
Enter Password on Website: Studentcare
Tel: 1-844-741-6389 (toll-free)
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.
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
Injuries and wound care
Mental health/ illness
Immunization and allergy care
Referral to see a specialist
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
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
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.
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.
Mon: 10:00am-4:00pm/Thurs: 10:00am-6:00pm
Cali Schnarr – Coordinator
LIFE 0032 (Old SUB)
Food Bank can be used up to 6 times per term.
URGENT CRISIS AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
UBC Hospital - Koerner Pavilion
2211 Wesbrook Mall
Emergency services for those in acute crisis, and sexual assault services
7 days/week 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre
803 West 12th Avenue
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
Clinical staff provide support, stabilization, crisis management and phone follow-up
Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433 – 24/7
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
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
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.
7 Days/Week – 8:00am-10:00pm
6133 University Blvd
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
Tel: 604-822-2222 (24/7)
7 days/week: 7:30am-6:30pm
2133 East Mall
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.
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
Faculty and Student Relations, Academic Concessions, Progress, Graduate Advising, Graduate Approvals
Devin Clemens – Staff Representative
Graduate Programs Manager
Faculty and Student Relations, Academic Concessions, Standing, Graduate Advising, Case Documenting, Research Assistantships, Teacher Assistantships, Wellbeing Liaison
Katie Bishop – Staff Representative
Wellbeing Liaison, Coordinator of Wellbeing Initiative/Resources, Administrative Aid
Ieda Matavelli – Student Representative
Graduate Student Support, Wellbeing Ambassador
Neil Lloyd – Student Representative
Graduate Student Support, Wellbeing Ambassador
UBC PEER SUPPORT RESOURCES
Get in touch with the VSE Graduate Well-being Representative for more information.
VSE’s Graduate Student Peer Support
Ieda Matavelli - firstname.lastname@example.org
Other contact on website
Organization started and run by graduate students regarding mental health and well-being issues.
Online space that brings together resources for graduate students, including information about on and off campus events.
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.
Weekdays – 8:00am-4:00pm
Faculty of Arts
6000 Iona Drive
Scholarships, Bursaries, awards, loans, academic advising/planning.
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.
Most weekdays: 9:30am-4:00pm
Find your advisor's contact information on the Student Service Centre (SSC) under Personal Info > UBC Contacts.
1874 East Mall
Go to for: managing finances, creating financial plans, paying tuition, transcripts, conferral of degree. Walk through payment options.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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.
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.
1961 East Mall
*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.
LANGUAGE AND WRITING
Mon-Fri – 8:30am-4:30pm
David Strangway Building
410-5950 University Boulevard
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.