This page outlines resources both within UBC, and more broadly throughout British Columbia, that can support your wellbeing and mental health.


UBC Graduate Student Online Support Group on Thursdays at 2pm explores topics such as shifting and rebuilding routines, handling uncertainty and worry, dealing with loneliness and distance from support networks, news coverage overload, staying motivated and creative, and more. Register in advance for these meetings.

UBC Counselling Services offers appointments by phone during the COVID-19 outbreak. Students can call 604-822-3811 to schedule an appointment. Counselling services are free of charge to UBC students.

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.

Here2Talk – Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or just need clear your mind? Here2Talk is a free BC-wide counseling and referral service available to UBC students 24/7. Young people between the ages of 15-24 are more likely to have mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders than any other age group – as age group most UBC students fall into.

Services include:

  • 24/7 access to chat with a trained counselor
  • Speak to a trained counselor by phone
  • Articles and resources to help you cope with the challenges of student life, health, living away from home, relationships and much more!

To get started download the Here2Talk app from Google Play or the App Store.



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

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.

Thrive at UBC – Comprehensive list of available wellness supports.



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



BC-wide crisis line1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Crisis Centre Chat offers immediate online support (noon to 1am)

BC-wide Mental Health Support Line310-6789

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

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.