Graduate Student Wellbeing

What do you need today? Wherever you’re at, UBC has resources to help.

If you have questions or concerns about getting the help you need, or have suggestions about how the Faculty of Medicine can better support your overall wellbeing, please contact Karen Ross, your Graduate & Postdoctoral Wellbeing Support Coordinator.

For a list of upcoming events, please take a look at our event calendar.



UBC Counselling Services currently offers appointments by phone. Students can call 604-822-3811 to schedule a Wellness Advising appointment (the starting point for connecting to resources such as brief counselling). Services are free of charge to UBC students.

Information coming soon about Aspiria, UBC’s new student assistance program, which will be available as of October 1. Empower Me is no longer available; for now, please contact Counselling Services or Here2Talk instead.

Studentcare/Pacific Blue Cross includes counselling and mental health benefits of up to $500 per academic year for all students enrolled in UBC GSS’s Student Health & Dental Plan (Studentcare). Many practitioners offer services online or by phone. Students who have opted out of the GSS Health & Dental Plan may have similar coverage through an equivalent extended benefits plan.

Vancouver Coastal Health Access & Assessment Centre serves as an entry point for mental health and/or substance use services through Vancouver Coastal Health.


Information coming soon about Aspiria, UBC’s new student assistance program, which will be available as of October 1. Empower Me is no longer available; for now, please contact Counselling Services or Here2Talk instead.

Here2Talk offers 24/7 confidential, single-session counselling services by app, phone or online chat. Free to all BC postsecondary students.

Drop-in Virtual Counselling is available, by phone, through UBC Counselling Services.

Virtual Coffee Chats are confidential, supportive conversations with a Faculty of Medicine staff or faculty member. Although they are not 24/7, on weekdays students can often arrange a same-day or next-day appointment.

BC-wide crisis line: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). Online crisis chat also available.

HealthLink BC provides health information, including a COVID Symptom Self-Assessment tool. Call 8-1-1 to speak with a health services navigator, registered nurse, pharmacist, or registered dietician.

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline offers mental health counselling, crisis support, and referrals for Indigenous peoples across Canada. Indigenous folks in BC can also call the KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717.


AMS Peer Support provides free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for UBC students and staff facing a wide variety of challenges.

UBC Counselling Services offers online group programs, including a Graduate Student Online Support Group, where you can learn new skills and connect with fellow students. Information about upcoming groups can be found here

The Faculty of Medicine is piloting a Peer Mentorship Program, and some graduate programs have their own opportunities for peer mentorship.


UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers many excellent workshops and events through the Graduate Pathways to Success program. Wellbeing-focused topics include overcoming perfectionism, time management, assertiveness, communication skills, and more.

Wellbeing Convene is a series of webinars for all members of the Faculty of Medicine community. Faculty of Medicine faculty and researchers will share their knowledge and facilitate discussion on a range of wellbeing topics, inviting people from across the Faculty to connect and learn together in new ways.

TAO Self-help Resources include online modules and tools on stress, anxiety, relationship problems, substance use, and more. Also includes a library of mindfulness exercises. Register with a UBC email.


Wellness Centre Online is a Canvas space for engaging in topics relevant to your wellbeing. All UBC students can self-enroll.

The Thrive 5 are simple, easy-to-implement, and evidence-based ways to help support your mental health.

UBC Recreation offers free at-home workouts, live movement sessions, and many other tips and resources, plus up-to-date information about fitness & recreational facilities.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has prepared a Self-Care and Resilience Guide during COVID-19 


Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies COVID-19 Updates on FAQs related to funding, assessments, dissertations, housing, international student specific information, etc.

Faculty of Medicine COVID-19 Updates includes FAQs for research trainees.

UBC Central COVID-19 Service Updates includes updates on services such as the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office; AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre; Centre for Accessibility; Advising; etc.

UBC Central lists resources for mental health during COVID-19.


The UBC Grad Student Wellbeing Network has prepared a comprehensive Wellbeing Resource Folder that can be downloaded from the GrasPods website.


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