Asking for help can be difficult, especially when you’re dealing with a mental health concern. Athletes are often taught to “tough it out” or “suck it up”, but when dealing with a medical condition like depression or anxiety, toughing it out does NOT work – and in fact, it can make things a lot worse. The good news is that help is available.
Involving others in your health – that is, building a support team that includes people such as a coach, parent, or friend – is crucially important. And while friends and family members play a significant role, it’s necessary to also have a health professional on your side – someone who has the training, skills, and experience to support you in your fight for better health.
There are a wide variety of resources at UBC and in the broader community that can be helpful in your journey to recovery from your mental health concern.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
2211 Wesbrook Mall Room M334 Koerner Pavilion | 604-822-7011 | [email protected]
- Student Health Services offers healthcare for registered UBC students year-round. Services are provided by family doctors, registered nurses, and psychiatrists.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AT COUNSELLING SERVICES
Brock Hall 1874 East Mall Room 1040 | 604-822-3811 (drop-in and by appointment)
Lower Mall Research Station 2259 Lower Mall Room 358 | 604-822-3811 (drop-in and by appointment)
- A variety of mental health resources and professionals are available at Counselling Services. They work with you to assess your wellness needs, and identify the level of care that’s right for you – from self-directed programs and tools to workshops, group programs, and individual therapy – to help you have the best university experience possible.
- NOTE: Athletes can identify as UBC student-athletes, if you wish, when you present at UBC Counselling Services. You will be directed to appropriate services, including options for specialized support as needed.
NURSE ON CAMPUS
Irving K Barber | the First Nations Longhouse | Totem Park | Place Vanier | Walter Gage (depending on the day, schedule on website)
- Brings registered nurses out of the Student Health Services clinic and into student spaces. Nurses offer personalized advice and helpful information on a variety of topics.
WELLNESS CENTRE/ WELLNESS PEERS
Irving K Barber 1961 East Mall Room 183 | 604-822-8450 | [email protected]
- The Wellness Centre is a friendly, welcoming space for you to ask questions to trained students about things like safer sex, how to manage stress, eating well, and sleep.
AMS SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT CENTRE (SASC)
- Offers short-term and crisis emotional support for survivor of sexualized violence, as well as bystanders, family, friends, and loved ones.
- Provides peer support for students facing a wide variety of challenges. Offers a non-judgmental, supportive ear for students and faculty members feeling distressed.
- A mental health support group on campus that holds weekly meetings to provide a space where students can share ideas and access resources to find effective strategies for managing symptoms and coping with everyday stress.
UBC PSYCHOLOGY CLINIC
- The UBC Psychology Clinic is an outpatient mental health and state-of-the-art training clinic. Our team of professionals are dedicated to excellence in the assessment, treatment, research and training of clinical psychology.
SCARFE COUNSELLING CLINIC
2125 Main Mall Scarfe Building | 604-827-1523 (by appointment only)
- Psychology Master’s students in training will offer counselling on areas such as stress management, relationships, and depression. All counsellors are supervised by a registered psychologist.
- Take a mental health assessment, find information, and post public or private messages. You can also track your mood, sleep, exercise, and other measures over time.
- 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.
- The AnxietyBC site contains a wealth of information to help people learn about and practice effective strategies to manage anxiety on their own, at their own pace. All content is grounded in scientific research and developed by professionals who specialize in helping people with anxiety.
- Provides confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support, to anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
- For Men. About Men. Health strategies for managing and preventing depression.
- Peer-to-peer organization dedicated to the mental health of university students.
- Patient-directed organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.
- Helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders.
- A program by the University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program and the NCAA to raise awareness of helping behaviours, increase motivation to help, develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns, and ensure the safety and well-being of self and others.
- An online resource center for university student mental health and emotional well being, aimed at students and campus professionals.
- Call 911
- Provincial Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)