If you need help right away, 24/7 support is available. If you or someone else is in immediate danger or at risk of harming yourself or others, call 911.
This can be a challenging time of year for many students. You might find you are struggling to stay on top of courses, friendships, family responsibilities, or work—and maybe those difficulties are starting to affect how you feel.
Things can feel big and daunting, but you’d be surprised how often just talking to someone can make a big difference. Big changes can start with small steps, and you can start small to see what works for you. UBC offers lots of low-barrier self-help and peer support to help you get started, and professional support if you need it.
Self help anytime
Go to Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
Manage your wellbeing with tools for stress, relationship problems, substance use, and more. Register and use this service for free with a UBC email.
Take the Wellness Centre: Online Canvas course
Log into Canvas and learn more about health-related resources on and off campus, access tips and strategies for your wellbeing, and hear from your peers about their experiences.
Peer Health Educators
Peer Health Educators are trained UBC students who can help connect you to UBC services, supports, programs, and resources. Drop in at the Wellness Centre in the UBC Life building.
UBC Student Recovery Community
Connect with other students to learn about recovery from addiction to alcohol, drugs, disordered eating, and/or addictive behaviours.
AMS Peer Support
Run by students, for students, AMS offers free, one-on-one, and confidential conversations with trained volunteers.
UBC Pride Collective
The UBC Pride Collective hosts weekly discussion groups open to people of all genders and sexualities, no registration or fee required.
Call, chat online, or use the mobile app to get free, immediate, 24/7 mental health counselling, available in various languages for post-secondary students in British Columbia. UBC students can reach out as often as needed, anytime, from anywhere in the world.
Talk to a counsellor
You can access counselling through multiple pathways.
- Group counselling is as effective as individual therapy for concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns
- UBC Counselling Services have a variety of trained mental health professionals available to you
- You can also access some of our counsellors in your faculty. Here is a list of counsellors in specific faculties or programs
- AMS/GSS health insurance provides coverage for services from a licensed psychologist, registered clinical counsellor, or a therapist with a Master’s degree in Social Work
These are just a few of the resources available to you as a UBC student. You can find even more tools by browsing the Health and Wellbeing page.