Wellbeing Training and Education


UBC staff, faculty, and student groups are invited to book workshops, activities, booths, and events organized by the Health Promotion and Education Team.

Each resource is developed and implemented through an evidence-informed approach to support the navigation of healthcare at UBC, development of health literacy, and health equity. The Health Promotion and Education Team partners with faculties and units to offer university-wide educational opportunities for the students, staff, and faculty.

If you’re wondering which health and wellbeing service or resource is right for you, connect with the Wellness Centre Info Desk at 604 822 8450 or submit a question online.

Self-directed learning: Canvas courses

A wide range of self-directed learning options is available to all UBC students. Log into Canvas using your CWL and access the following asynchronous modules.

Navigating Your Health and Wellbeing at UBC and Beyond

In the Navigating Your Health and Wellbeing at UBC and Beyond Canvas course, you will be introduced to the programs and services available to you at UBC and beyond to support your health and wellbeing. You’ll learn how to access programs and services and to be proactive about maintaining your health.

Mental Health Literacy

This Mental Health Literacy Canvas course offers information and resources about intersectional approaches to mental health, stress, and taking charge of your health.

How to Help a Peer

Take the How to Help a Peer Canvas course for information and resources to help you support a friend and offer help.

Inclusive Event Planning

Created by the Wellness Centre and Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO), the Inclusive Event Planning Canvas course is an introduction to equity and inclusion for events, including what to do before, during, and after an event to prevent harm and design safer spaces for all community members. 

Sexual Health

In the Sexual Health Canvas course, navigate your sexual health journey through topics around your sexual health options, healthcare resources, connecting with yourself, and communication in relationships.

First Aid for the Toxic Drug Supply

Learn what is happening with the illegal drug supply in British Columbia and safer use of substances, harm reduction, as well what to do if you see accidental drug poisoning and how to help through the First Aid for the Toxic Drug Supply Canvas course.

Wellbeing workshops

The Health Promotion and Education team offers wellbeing-themed learning and educational event opportunities for the UBC community. Some workshops may require you to complete online activities beforehand. All workshops are offered either in person or online. Browse the workshops below and book a session online.

If you’re a staff or faculty member, UBC offers further training to support student wellbeing, such as Green Folder and Early Alert workshops.

Navigating Your Health and Wellbeing at UBC and Beyond

In this presentation, you will be introduced to the programs and services available to you at UBC and beyond to support your health and wellbeing. You will learn how to access programs and services and to be proactive about maintaining your health. There is also a Canvas course you can take at your own pace.

How to Help a Peer

This workshop shares skills and strategies to help you notice when a peer might need help and learn how to start a supportive conversation. Before attending this workshop, you’ll need to complete the How to Help a Peer Canvas course.

First Aid for the Toxic Drug Supply

There is currently a toxic illegal drug supply in British Columbia and Canada, and accidental drug poisoning continues to be a major public health crisis. In this workshop, you will reflect on substance use and its impacts, examine stigma and biases you may hold that may prevent you from helping someone, and gain practical strategies to reduce harmful substance use for yourself and others. Before attending this workshop, you’ll need to complete the First Aid for the Toxic Drug Supply Canvas course.

Safer Parties: Consent Culture and Harm Reduction Tools for Organizers

Participants will have the opportunity to question assumptions around substances and consent, set standards for how we all deserve to be treated, counter victim-blaming, adopt collective safety and harm reduction approaches, and learn tools to set up a safer and more inclusive environment for all.

Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training

UBC has transitioned from the QPR program and has created a custom Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training (SAIT) that is trauma-informed, from a post-secondary context, and has cultural context. SAIT is offered in 2 parts.

Part 1 is asynchronous and requires approximately 90 minutes to complete. Sign up for the Canvas course using your CWL. Participants will get a certificate of completion once they finish the Canvas course. You must complete Part 1 before you can start Part 2.

Part 2 is a synchronous session facilitated by a professional staff member and requires 60-90 minutes to complete. It is offered online and in person. Part 2 builds upon and extends the training in Part 1 to solidify your understanding of the content through practice and discussions. To book Part 2, you must complete the Part 1 Canvas course.

Recovery Ally Training

Students in recovery are a marginalized group that experience stigma, social exclusion, and isolation. By developing our understanding of what addiction is, investigating our assumptions, challenging our biases, and learning how we can translate this knowledge into action, the Recovery Ally Training will teach you how to become both an advocate and support for people who are in recovery and/or struggling with addiction. This workshop was created collaboratively by people with lived experience of addiction and recovery, and with other student recovery communities throughout North America.

Peer-led activities

From September to April, Peer Health Educators lead activities that cover a range of health topics to help you navigate your student experience. All activities are offered in person and online and are organized as workshops, booths, and events. A representative from your student group, club, or organization can request the following.

Mental health and wellbeing activities

Book a mental health and wellbeing activity from September to April through the online form.

  • Wellness Moment: Navigating Your Energy Levels For Time Management (15 min)
  • Wellness Moment: Getting Grounded With Your Emotions (15 min)
  • Wellness Moment: Living Well With Stress (15 min)
  • Wellness Moment: Restorative Rest and Setting Boundaries to Technology (15 min)
  • Live Well Workshop: includes 3 Wellness Moments above (1 hour)

Student Health and Wellbeing booths

Book a wellbeing booth for your student group or event, available September to April, through the​​ online form.

General information
  • Navigating Your Health and Wellbeing at UBC and Beyond
Mental health and wellbeing
  • Supporting Your Mental Health
Relationship with food and body
  • Student-Friendly Tips for Meal Planning and Prep
  • Diet Culture 101
Substance use health
  • Safer Partying Skills
  • Harm Reduction for Substance Use
  • Study Drugs and Sleep
Sexual health education
  • Sexual Health
  • Mobile Sexual Health Shop

Student Health and Wellbeing events

Student groups are welcome to book events from September to April.

  • Mobile Sexual Health Shop
    Bring the Wellness Centre’s Sexual Health Shop to your community. We will bring our mobile Shop bike to your location with our inexpensive safer sex and sex toy products. The Shop aims to be a sex-positive, inclusive, and welcoming space for all members of the UBC community. We offer gender diverse, shame-free, and pleasure-focused products to support the sexual wellbeing of all. 
  • Sexuality Trivia
    This 1-hour sexuality trivia event offers inclusive sex education in a fun, competitive environment. By quizzing a team's current sexual health knowledge, this trivia tackles common myths and misconceptions, lost historical moments, pop culture knowledge, and more.
  • Dine and Discuss (1.5 hours)
    Make food together as a group while exploring topics related to one’s relationship with food and body. This can include how our perceptions of food and body intersect with our mental and social wellbeing, diet culture, food, and culture.

If you’d like to invite our Peer Health Educators to facilitate a discussion or collaborate on an alternative activity in relation to any of the above health topics, please email wellness.centre@ubc.ca.

If you have questions

Contact the Wellness Centre at wellness.centre@ubc.ca for more information about bookable workshops, events, and booths.