The stress response is something we all experience. However, there are aspects of any individual’s identity, known as the social determinants of health, that can disproportionately impact health and wellbeing, including mental wellbeing and stress.
The social determinants of health include (but are not limited to) income, education, childhood experiences, access to health services, gender, culture and race or racism.
Experiences of discrimination, racism and trauma (both historic and present-day) may play an important role in health outcomes for certain groups such as Indigenous Peoples, Black People, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S+, and people with disabilities. These experiences shape outcomes on a number of levels: they may modify the intensity of the stress response itself, or impact an individual’s capacity to cope, and/or limit access to available supports.
Systemic stressors require supports that are implemented at a systems (rather than individual) level.
As part of a caring, proactive community at UBC, we acknowledge these inequities and come together to support each other. UBC is committed to addressing inequities through strategic frameworks such as the Indigenous Strategic Plan, the Inclusion Action Plan, and through initiatives such as the Anti-Racism Task Force.
As well, UBC and the broader community have resources to support students who identify as IBPOC, LGBTQ2S+, and with disabilities, as well as resources to support you in being an ally to your peers with these intersecting identities.
Visit the Wellness Centre: Online Canvas course to view mental health resources for intersectional identities. If you identify as Indigenous, Black, or as a Person of Colour, IBPOC Wellness Mentors are also here to support you.