EAT WELL AND SLEEP WELL
Nutrition and food
It might seem like eating right is a challenge, especially if you’re tight on money and time. However, eating well can be easy, enjoyable, cost-effective, and will give you the energy you need to do well academically.
Lack of sleep has a significant impact on brain function, health, safety, and longevity. Sleep itself can actually improve mental function, and researchers are discovering that it is vital for learning and memory.
GET ACTIVE, GET CONNECTED
Physical activity and recreation
Being physically active can reduce stress and help you feel more energized and alert.
Friends and meeting people
Friends offer companionship, enjoyment and support; a chance to share the good times and the bad. But developing and maintaining friendships takes effort and may drop in priority when academic life gets hectic. It’s at these times when we need our friends the most.
BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE, MANAGE STRESS AND ANXIETY, AND LEARN ABOUT MENTAL WELL-BEING
Building confidence: Positive self-talk
You can improve your state of mind by changing your thought patterns. Addressing negative self-talk can help improve your self-confidence in situations that are anxiety-provoking, such as when you are taking a test, learning a difficult subject, or in an unfamiliar social situation.
Stress & Anxiety
Stress is a part of everyday life that sometimes leads to feelings of anxiety. You can learn to manage stress and anxiety by understanding what causes you to feel stressed and train yourself to focus on calming thoughts or actions.
Addressing the stigma of mental illness
Did you know that stigma acts as a barrier to help seeking and recovery? Learn more about stigma and how to combat it.
COPING WITH DEPRESSION
Is it depression or just the blues? Know when to get help and how.
TALK WITH A PEER, OR CONNECT WITH A WELLNESS PROFESSIONAL
Visit the Wellness Centre (Vancouver)
The Wellness Centre is a friendly, welcoming space for you to ask questions to trained students about mental and physical health topics like safer sex, how to manage stress, and sleep. Drop in whenever you have questions or need to talk.
Speak with a wellness advisor for mental health support (Vancouver)
A variety of mental health resources and professionals are available through Counselling Services. Wellness advisors 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.
Visit a Nurse on Campus
Speak with a doctor (Vancouver)
Student Health Service offers year-round health care for registered UBC students. Services are provided by family doctors and registered nurses. We provide care for all current students of UBC and its related institutions, including visiting international students.
Visit students.ubc.ca (Vancouver)
Know your campus, plan for success, have some fun, build your career, and live well to learn well.
Visit the Health and Wellness Centre (Okanagan)
Drop-by for confidential services including health assessments & treatment, counselling services, sexual health education and support.
Visit with your Peer Mentor (Okanagan, first-year students)
At UBC-O, all first-year students are paired with upper-year students in the same academic program. These student leaders are known as Peer Mentors.
Visit University Centre (Okanagan)
Discover a wide variety of programs, services, and opportunities.
For faculty and staff
ENHANCE YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH
UBC offers a range of programs services and resources in support of mental health – from meditation programs to reduce stress to training sessions on how to help co-workers struggling with depression.
A collection of recipes that will motivate you to make healthy, nutritious and delicious meals, whether it’s breakfasts on the go, lunches that you leave satisfied or dinner fare that the whole family will love.
Looking for ways to fit fitness into your schedule? This page includes resources to help you improve all aspects of your fitness, including: Cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.
Find over 20 different screenings, tools and resources to help you assess your current status and make improvements towards a healthier self. Select from a variety of topics including heart health, mental health & stress, diabetes, cancer risk, financial health and more.
Staying on top of your financial health can have a positive impact on stress and mental health. Try these helpful financial and budget calculators from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. Or, check out our extensive list of corporate discount partners in Vancouver and the Okanagan.
Access additional support services through UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell. These include financial and legal support, career counselling, nutrition support and wellness counselling.
Keep up-to-date with the latest programs, events, resources and research to help you build the health of yourself, your family members and your workplace.
ENHANCE THE HEALTH OF YOUR WORKPLACE
These resource sheets are aimed at supporting managers and deans to better understand mental health and to build emotional intelligence, create healthier work environments and to increase mental health literacy within departments or units.
Request a workshop (Vancouver)
Help build health literacy and skill development within your department or unit through a wide range of workshops offered on demand and throughout the year.
Proper workstation set-up reduces the risk of injury and improves productivity. Online tools for office, lab and sit-stand desk set up guide you through the steps to achieve an optimal set-up depending on your needs and equipment.
Apply for Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program funding (HWIP) Available to UBC departments and units, this program provides start-up funds and support for grassroots health related, sustainable initiatives that promote wellbeing in the workplace.
Implement programs in your workplace that include yoga or fitness classes, building a community garden or investing in mental health training in your workplace.
Sign up to be a Health Contact (Vancouver)
Are you the office ‘go-to’ for health information? Become one of our campus contacts and help us disseminate up to the minute information, perks and more!