Wellbeing

At UBC, we recognize the foundational importance of wellbeing to our success as individuals, as a university, and as a community. We aspire to support our people to achieve their full potential in teaching, learning, working, and research by making wellbeing a priority that guides our daily interactions, decisions, policy planning, and program development.

UBC Resources

UBC Wellbeing

A collaborative effort to make the University a better place to live, work and learn through a systems-wide approach to wellbeing across our campuses. 

UBC Counselling Services

A variety of mental health resources and professionals are available at UBC. Mental health professionals work with you to assess your wellness needs, and identify the level of care that's right for you – from self-directed programs and tools to workshops, group programs, and individual therapy – to help you have the best university experience possible.

UBC Health & Wellness Services

Health and wellness are important parts of your academic success and everything you do.  When you take care of yourself, it’s easier to achieve your goals and feel good in life.  Read articles, see a doctor or nurse, or refer a friend for services.

UBC Access & Diversity

Provides leadership on issues of accessibility for people with disabilities at UBC Vancouver, working in partnership with faculties to foster inclusive learning, living and working environments for students, faculty and staff.

Coping Strategies Handout

Stress can impact students’ mood and their ability to problem solve. Here you will find a handout with some strategies to deal with stress.

Early Alert

Supporting student learning and success is a priority for UBC. Early Alert helps achieve this goal by helping faculty and staff provide more comprehensive support for students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. 

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPRO)

A safe place and resource for faculty, staff and students who have experienced sexual assault.

Thrive at UBC

Access mental health resources for students, faculty, and staff.

UBC Vancouver Aboriginal Portal

This site is your resource for information relating to Aboriginal programs, initiatives, research and services that are available on the UBC Vancouver campus.  You will also find information about general services that may be of interest to you.  These include a directory of Academic Advisors on campus, information about Housing, Childcare, Recreation and Counselling, and much more.

International Student Guide

Find out everything you need to know about life as an international student

Arts and Culture at UBC

Visit a museum, see a play or listen to live music

 

Get Involved

Neuroscience Graduate Student Association (NRSC GSA)

The GSA currently consists of a committee of graduate students who are dedicated to improving the experience of graduate students in the Neuroscience program.  We aim to connect students in the program and foster a collegial and supportive environment through organized academic and social events.

 

Apps and Online Resources

Empower Me

A mental health service offering counselling in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling. You can also speak to a life coach about subjects like personal performance, wellbeing, and relationships. Empower Me is available 24/7 and is available free of charge for students who are members of the AMS/GSS Student Health Plan.

WalkAlong  

Take a mental health assessment, find information, and post public or private messages. You can also track your mood, sleep, exercise, and other measures over time.

Mindcheck.ca 

Designed to help you check how you’ve feeling and quickly connect you to mental health resources and support. Support includes education, self-care tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.

MindShift

A great app and website that includes tools to help you tackle concerns such as test anxiety, worry, social anxiety, and panic.

Crisis Centre BC

Offers self-help modules for many types of concerns such as procrastination, self-esteem, anxiety, low mood, body image, assertiveness, self-compassion, perfectionism, worry, and social anxiety. 

 

Get Moving

Join a sports team, try yoga or go to the beach!  There are lots of opportunities to get moving and meet others on campus.

UBC Recreation

We spend most of our time sitting, and these long bouts of sedentary behavior can have negative health outcomes.  However, small changes can add up to big impacts – moving more and sitting less can improve both mental and physical health, impact academic and professional success, and contribute to wellbeing in meaningful ways.  Join a team, take a class, go for a swim – there are lots of options.

Walking at UBC

Explore all the places to take more walks on our beautiful campus

Move UBC Classroom Stretching Video

We spend 50-70% of our day sitting, and this sedentary behaviour can have negative implications for our health and wellbeing. The Kinesiology Undergraduate Society shares their top tips for moving more, even when facing a busy day of classes and studying, by incorporating small stretches and exercises into the classroom. 

Random Acts of Exercise

Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart, Senior Instructor at the School of Health and Exercise Sciences (Okanagan Campus), welcomes professors to share these videos to help create healthier classroom environments for their students. This series, prepared by Dr. Willis-Stewart and her 4th year Human Kinetics students, includes 12 short exercise videos and an introductory video that can be shared at the start of class.

 

Social Media

Neurohistory Cartoons

“Neuroscience Through the Ages” is a UBC funded project presenting the history of neuroscience through the wonderful world of cartoon imagery!

Twitter

#phdchat

@PHDcomics