Health, Wellbeing, and Safety

Workday Student Support

Graduate students can find "how to" guides and support information on our Workday support page.


Health includes taking care of yourself every day, understanding that challenges are normal, and knowing what to do when you don’t feel well. Find tips, resources and in-person support open to all graduate and undergraduate students.

Visit UBC Student Services


  • Counselling Services: When you drop in to Counselling Services, you can book a same day appointment with a Wellness Advisor. Wellness Advisors are trained Master-level counsellors who meet with students for a one-time 15-20 minute assessment. They’ll listen to your needs and connect you with resources to best help you reach your goals. This could include self-directed resources, workshops and coaching, group therapy, or individual therapy.
  • Here2Talk: If you need to talk to a health professional, you can 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.

  • Student Health Services: Student Health Service offers a wide range of health assessments and treatments provided by doctors, nurses, and specialists. You can book an appointment by phone, in person or online.
  • The Wellness Centre: At the Wellness Centre, Wellness Peer Educators are trained student volunteers who can answer your questions, talk with you, and recommend resources for everyday concerns related to health, relationships, and workload.
  • Centre for Accessibility: The Centre for Accessibility facilitates disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities and ongoing medical conditions.
  • Help a friend: How to help if you’re concerned about a friend who is feeling hopeless or thinking of harming themselves.

Urgent Crisis and Mental Health Support

  • Urgent Care at UBC Hospital
  • Vancouver General Hospital (VGH): Vancouver residents can go to Vancouver General Hospital’s Access and Assessment Centre (604-675-3700)
  • Emergency Services (24/7): Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department
  • Crisis Centre BC: If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or thinking about suicide, call or chat online with a crisis responder any time 1-800-784-2433

Drug or substance use and harm reduction

  • UBC Substance Use Health and Harm Reduction: find out more information about drug and substance use and harm reduction, including how to respond to fentanyl and accidental drug poisoning or overdose, where to find fentanyl and drug testing strips, how to access free Naloxone kits, and other resources for support.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Harm Reduction: keeping individuals and communities safe and healthy by preventing infections, illness and injury related to drug use and sexual practices.

Food Security/Support

Sexual Violence Support

  • Sexual Violence and Prevention Response Office (SVPRO) is a safe place for faculty, staff and students who have experienced sexual assault regardless of identity, expression or orientation, regardless of when or where it took place.
  • AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is part of the AMS Student Society and is committed to the education and support of all survivors of sexualized violence.

Safety and Security

  • AMS Safewalk provides a transportation service that will accompany students, staff, and visitors who feel unsafe walking alone, across campus. You can request a SafeWalk by calling their hotline at 604-822-5355.
  • Campus Security works towards making the campus a safe environment in numerous ways, from heading Secure Access to providing personal safety services and technologies and hosting security and safety workshops.
  • UBC Safe” is a free mobile app designed for the UBC campus community. The multi-function app provides users with immediate access to Emergency Services, First Aid and Safewalk, as well as information on Emergency Procedures, Support Resources and many other vital links and services.  
  • Graduate student safety: Everyone plays a role in making UBC’s Vancouver campus a safe and welcoming place. A number of resources are available to ensure graduate student safety on campus.

Online Support Tools

  • Mind Health BC: take an online mental health assessment and find resources.
  • check physical health symptoms and find resources
  • Here to help: learn and assess mental health and substance use resources
  • Therapy Assisted Online (TAO): Self-Help Sign up for a free, secure, and private account with your UBC email. Learn about managing stress, anxiety, anger, problem solving, and relationships. Evaluate your alcohol and drug use.
  • Group counselling programs - Online programs are available for you through UBC Student health.
  • find resources, and helpful tips organized by topic.

Events, Services, and Resources

Health and Wellness: lists health and wellness events, services, and resources.