Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources

There are a variety of mental health resources and professionals available at UBC and the CBR:

Urgent Mental Health Support

  • Emergency Services (24/7): Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department
  • Urgent Care at UBC Hospital – 8 am to 10 pm daily
    2211 Wesbrook Mall | Room M334, Koerner Pavilion
    Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3

CBR Wellbeing Network

These CBR members would be happy to have you reach out to them if you are struggling in any way with mental or emotional health. They may be able to assist you personally and/or can direct you to additional resources. All of those listed below have completed or plan to complete a QPR Certification through UBC.

Bronwyn Lyons

Bronwyn Lyons
PhD Candidate, Strynadka Lab

Phone: 289-260-2065
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/CBR
Location: Life Sciences Centre, Strynadka lab, room 4350

George Butler

Dr. George Butler
Research Associate, Overall Lab

Location: Life Sciences Centre, room 4402

Kevin Gonzalez
MSc Candidate, Conway Lab & Kizhakkedathu Lab

Phone: 604-441-5165

Marie-Soleil Smith
PhD student, Côté Lab

Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Location: UBC Hospital, G164

Kaitlyn Chuong
Communications & Programs Coordinator, CBR Admin Team


Tseday Tegegn
PhD Candidate, Pryzdial Lab

Location: Life Sciences Centre, room 4320

Health & Well-being Resources

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Student Health Service Accessible within British Columbia
Book an appointment online or in-person with a doctor or medical professional for help with your health concerns.
UBC Counselling Services Accessible anywhere in the world
Learn about services Counselling Services offers to UBC students, including online options, wellness advising, and more.
UBC Student Assistance Program by Aspiria Accessible anywhere in the world
Receive free, 24/7 personal counselling and life coaching, offered in many languages through phone, video-counselling, or e-counselling.
Virtual Group Counselling Accessible anywhere in the world
Join a virtual group and share your health and wellbeing concerns in an encouraging and supportive environment.
Nurse on Campus Accessible within UBC Vancouver campus
Visit a registered nurse during drop-in hours for confidential, free, and in-person support.
Medimap Accessible within British Columbia
See available walk-in clinics and wait times, and book an appointment before visiting the location
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline Accessible within Canada
If you are an indigenous student, get immediate mental health counselling or crisis intervention by phone or chat counselling at any time.
Here2Talk Accessible anywhere in the world
Get started with free, 24/7 single-session counselling by phone or online chat for all UBC students
Wellness Together Canada Accessible anywhere in the world
Complete a free mental health online assessment and connect to online wellness resources or get counselling if you’re a Canadian by phone, text, or video.
Wellness Centre Online Accessible anywhere in the world
Connect with Wellness Navigators and Peers to learn about health-related resources available to you and get access to tips and strategies to support your wellbeing.
UBC REC Accessible within British Columbia
Explore virtual and in-person fitness and recreation experiences available at UBC for students
Centre for Accessibility Provides support to remove barriers for students with disabilities and facilitates disability related accommodations for members of the UBC Vancouver community.
Faculty of Medicine Virtual Coffee Chats To ensure students have somewhere to come for help in navigating this uncertain time, the Faculty of Medicine Graduate & Postdoctoral Education Office is introducing wellbeing-focused Virtual Coffee Chats: one-on-one, confidential conversations with Dr. Karen Ross, our Wellbeing Support Coordinator (Mondays/Fridays). If you are experiencing difficulties in any part of your life—academic, financial, emotional, practical, family
The Kaleidoscope Mental Health Support Society Provides a mutual aid model of peer support for individuals who identify with having lived experience of mental health concerns in a safer, non-judgmental, stigma-free environment.
AMS Foodbank Provides emergency food relief service for UBC students in need. Offers various non-perishable foods, personal hygiene supplies, budgeting tips and information on additional resources in and around Vancouver.

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Employee and Family Assistance Program A confidential and voluntary counselling support service that provides UBC staff and their family with the help to resolve a wide range of personal, work, health or life issues. Expert information and immediate support resources are available in-person and by phone, video, web or mobile app. Available 24 hours, 7 days/week: 1-800-387-4765
Employee & Family Assistance Program WorkLife Support Services Offers an extensive suite of services to support you – from providing wellness coaching or advising on family issues to offering legal support. These WorkLife consultations are conducted over the telephone and are designed to help you make the decisions that are best for you. Visit
UBC Human Resources Workplace Wellbeing Resources A list of workplace wellbeing resources provided by UBC Human Resources.
UBC Human Resources Ergonomics Program Offers a range of services to promote optimal working postures and practices to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries.
Early Alert Faculty, staff and TA’s can identify their concerns about students, giving students the earliest possible connection to the right resources and support, before difficulties become overwhelming.
Assisting Students in Distress Guide to familiarize faculty and staff with common signs of distress and steps to take to offer assistance.
Green Folder - Supporting Students in Distress Resources for supporting students in distress.
Orange Folder – Assisting Colleagues in Distress Resources for supporting colleagues in distress.

Advocacy & Support Resources

AMS Advocacy Office Providing assistance in academic appeals, housing appeals, student discipline, parking disputes, and library fines
Graduate Student Society The GSS (Graduate Student Society) advocates for, promotes, and protects the academic, social, intellectual, cultural and recreational interests of its members.
Office of the Ombudsperson Supports students by ensuring that they are treated fairly in every aspect of their university life. The office will be a resource center 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. The Ombuds Office will facilitate resolutions of problems and conflict and will investigate student complaints of unfairness that may lead to recommendations for change. The office works proactively in providing education and collaborating with all UBC community members on matters related to fairness for students, and in promoting systemic improvements.
UBC Equity and Inclusion Office A place for students, faculty and staff to get support on conflict management, discrimination and harassment, equity and diversity. They offer educational workshops and programs.
Centre for Accessibility Facilitates disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities and ongoing medical conditions.
UBC Trans & Non-binary Student guide Created by a team of trans and non-binary students at UBC to help other trans and non-binary students access resources and support on campus
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) To educate, support, and empower people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence as well as their friends and family.
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 harm, regardless of where or when it took place.
UBC Faculty of Medicine Office of Professionalism and Respectful Environments The Office of Professionalism and Respectful Environments (OPARE) provides Faculty-wide oversight, guidance, and support to meet the University and Faculty goals of maintaining respectful work and learning environments that reflect the principles set out in UBC’s Statement on Respectful Environment and that are aligned with professional standards.

Additional Tools & Resources

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) Accessible anywhere in the world
Manage your well-being with tools for stress, relationship problems, substance use, and more. Register with a UBC email, which you can set up for free.
UBC Life Blog Accessible anywhere in the world
Read tips and resources from students on staying healthy and active.
UBC Recreation – Get Active At Home Accessible anywhere in the world
Drop in to virtual fitness classes, see tips for exercises, and more, from UBC Recreation.
MindHealth BC Accessible in British Columbia
Take an online assessment and find resources to support your mental health. Provides reliable non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia Learn and access mental health and substance use resources An interactive tool to help people with depression and low mood
Campus Lightbox A tool that summarizes mental health resources available at UBC