Self-help

Finding balance in all the areas of your life helps you achieve what's important to you. Learning, thinking creatively, and achieving your goals become easier when you take care of yourself.

Health & wellness information and strategies

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Relaxation & mindfulness

Information resources:

Stress & Anxiety

Stress is a part of everyday life that sometimes leads to feelings of anxiety. You can learn to manage stress and anxiety by understanding what causes you to feel stressed and train yourself to focus on calming thoughts or actions.

Interactive resources (includes assessments, apps, and online tools):

Buddhify 2

A meditation app to relax and help ease anxiety. $6.99 for iPhone users, $2.99 for Android users

Calm

A simple mindfulness meditation app that brings clarity and peace of mind into your life.

Headspace

Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online in just 10 minutes a day.

Meditation Oasis

Meditate with listening or reading resources.

Mindcheck.ca 

A website designed to help young adults in British Columbia check how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support. Support includes education, self-care tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.

Stop, Breathe & Think

With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called Stop, Breathe & Think.

Peer support on campus:

AMS Clubs

Get involved with AMS Clubs and enhance your overall university experience.

Live Well to Learn Well workshop

This workshop teaches the skills you need to balance your academic achievements with physical and mental wellness. You will learn tips and tricks to manage stress, time, and wellbeing as a student.

Time Management workshop

This workshop will help you identify where you currently spend your time and how you would like to better manage your time. You will learn effective time management strategies that can be personalized to fit your values, priorities, and lifestyle in order to reduce stress and achieve success.

UBC Recreation

Meet new people, have fun, and find ways to live active on your own or with a team.

Self-confidence

Information resources:

Stress & Anxiety

Stress is a part of everyday life that sometimes leads to feelings of anxiety. You can learn to manage stress and anxiety by understanding what causes you to feel stressed and train yourself to focus on calming thoughts or actions.

Interactive resources (includes assessments, apps, and online tools):

AnxietyBC Confidence Builders

Listen to these scripts when you need a confidence boost! Sports psychologists use this technique all the time with top athletes to help them visualize having a peak performance and winning.

HeretoHelp, Healthy Thinking

Work through this wellness module designed to help you develop healthy thinking patterns.

Peer support on campus:

AMS Clubs

Get involved with AMS Clubs and enhance your overall university experience.

UBC Recreation

Meet new people, have fun, and find ways to live active on your own or with a team.

Social connection & community

Information resources:

Consented

Information and resources about sexual assault and consent.

International Student Guide

Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC's Vancouver campus.

Religion & spirituality at UBC

Learning about or joining a spiritual practice can help you feel connected to a greater purpose - something bigger than yourself. This can help you solve problems with a greater sense of happiness, inner peace, and understanding, while helping you discover more about yourself for a more fulfilled student life.

SexandU.ca

A Canadian resource providing accurate, credible, and up-to-date information and education on sexual health.

Interactive resources (includes assessments, apps, and online tools):

Anxiety BC, Effective Communication–Improving Your Social Skills

Improve your social skills and learn how building good relationships with other people can greatly reduce stress and anxiety in your life.

Peer support on campus:

AMS Clubs

Get involved with AMS Clubs and enhance your overall university experience.

The Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope’s primary goal is to provide a safe, stigma-free environment for individuals who identify with having with lived experience of mental illness and problems in and around UBC.

UBC Recreation

Meet new people, have fun, and find ways to live active on your own or with a team.

Physical health & illness

Information resources:

Canadian Mental Health Association, Facts About Eating Disorders

Outlines basic information about eating disorders, causes, warning signs, and treatment.

Food & nutrition

Eating well can be easy, enjoyable, and cost-effective. It will give you the energy to reach your goals with greater focus and ease.

HealthLinkBC, Influenza (Seasonal Flu)

Learn more about the flu, prevention methods, and treatment options.

HeretoHelp, Eating Disorders

Provides information about eating disorders, warning signs, and treatment options.

ImmunizeBC

Provides solid, evidence-based information on immunization to individuals as well as health and immunization providers.

National Advisory Committee on Immunization

Offers a full listing of recommended vaccines for young adults in Canada.

Public Health Agency of Canada, Frequently Asked Questions – Influenza

Answers to frequently asked questions about the flu and flu prevention methods.

Interactive resources (includes assessments, apps, and online tools):

Canada's healthy weight guides

Health Canada develops and promotes guidelines for healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy weights. The guidelines include "Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide" and "Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living".

Runkeeper

A running app to help you get out the door and stick with running.

Campus health kit

Learn to build your own campus health kit. Make sure you have all the health supplies and documentation you need to have a healthy, successful year.

Peer support on campus:

UBC Recreation

Meet new people, have fun, and find ways to live active on your own or with a team.

Recreation-focused student clubs

Find the right fit for your fitness needs. Join others in having fun and being active.

Focus & productivity

Information resources:

Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and service.

UBC Chapman Learning Commons

The Learning Commons website is an evolving collection of student-curated learning resources to support academic success and wellness.

Interactive resources (includes assessments, apps, and online tools):

Forest

An app to help you stay focused and be present. $1.99 for iPhone users, $1.19 for Windows users, free for Android users.

Simon Fraser University, Internet Use: Caught in the Web?

Tips, quizzes, resources, and strategies to help you balance your online and gaming activities with the other areas of your life.

Peer support on campus:

Wellness Peers

Visit trained Wellness Peers at the UBC Wellness Centre to get student-tested tips for a wide range of topics, including sleeping better, finding balance, and managing your studies.

Chapman Learning Commons

The friendly Chapman Learning Commons Assistants can help provide academic support and connect you with key learning resources and services on campus.

Grief & tragedy

Information resources:

Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and service.

Interactive resources (includes assessments, apps, and online tools):

Crisis Centre BC

Provides confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support, to anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

YouthInBC Grief Module

Discover how to work through grief and loss

Peer support on campus:

How to Help a Friend: Assisting Students in Distress workshop

This session teaches students how to navigate conversations with peers in need of support. You will learn to help reduce distress and encourage friends and peers to access support and resources. In this workshop, we will also discuss the importance of setting personal boundaries, practicing self-care when supporting others, and where student leaders can debrief and access support for themselves.

Speakeasy

Speakeasy provides peer support for students facing a wide variety of challenges.