Health and Wellbeing Resources

Supports and Resources for Staff and Faculty

Psychological Benefits

Shepell Employee and Family Assistance Program 24/7 for faculty, staff and their families. Provides immediate and professional (short term) counselling, including crisis support. The EFAP is available at no cost, is confidential, and can be accessed by employees and their listed dependents.
Professional Counselling is available via:

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Virtual

Emergency Counselling WorkLife Support Services include:

  • Family Support
  • Financial Support
  • Legal Support
  • Nutrition
  • Etc.

Contact: 1-800-387-4765/
Enter: University of British Columbia as your organization.

UBC Extended Health benefits

2,500 per calendar year available for psychological services for eligible staff and dependents. No GP referral or deductible is required. Must be enrolled in extended benefits.

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Helping Staff and Faculty in Distress

Everyone plays an important role in creating healthy and respectful work environments. In your role as a UBC staff or faculty member, you may be the first person to see signs that a colleague is in distress, or they may come to you specifically for help. Use this guide to familiarize yourself with commons signs of distress, and the steps you can take to offer assistance.

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Problematic Substance Use Intervention Program

UBC Health and Wellbeing is partnering with Boreal Wellness Centres on a 2-year pilot project to help faculty and staff, and their dependents, to reduce or stop problematic substance use. Boreal Wellness Centres’ Resilient Living™ Recovery teaches coping skills to build resilience and improve quality of life. This group therapy program takes place via a secure video conferencing platform.

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Mental Health Literacy Programs and Initiatives

Workplace Learning Ecosystem

Workplace Learning Ecosystem provides live and pre-recorded webinars spanning a range of health and wellbeing topics such as self-care, positive coping strategies, financial well-being . Some sessions are led by BIPOC/IBPOC facilitators.

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Mindfulness Program

30- day Online mindfulness challenge
Mindfulness has been shown to help manage our attention and focus our minds with intention. Some of the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Improved overall health and wellbeing
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced chronic pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased sense of joy and contentment
  • Reduced and lessened symptoms of depression

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Liberate Mental health app

Liberate is a subscription-based meditation app that includes practices and talks designed for the Black community. Free 3-month trial.

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Supports and Resources for Students

Find the options specific to your needs.
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Book an appointment online or in-person with a doctor or medical professional for help with your health concerns.
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Learn about services Counselling Services offers to UBC students, including online options, wellness advising, and more.
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Receive free, 24/7 personal counselling and life coaching, offered in many languages through phone, video-counselling, or e-counselling.
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Group therapy is as effective as individual therapy for concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns.
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Get started with free, 24/7 single-session counselling by phone or online chat for all UBC students.
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Complete a free mental health online assessment and connect to online wellness resources or get counselling if you’re a Canadian by phone, text, or video.
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Connect with Wellness Navigators and Peers to learn about health-related resources available to you, or get access to tips and strategies to support your wellbeing.
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Get free, one-on-one, and confidential support online from trained volunteers.
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Connect with other students in a welcoming and inclusive space to learn about recovery from addiction to alcohol, drugs, and/or addictive behaviours.
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