Health and Wellness Resources at UBC
Prepared for: SCARP PSA
Self Help UBC Website Resources
Easy to navigate UBC site that provides definitions, links, and resources for sexuality and sexual health, stress and anxiety, depression, food and nutrition, physical activity and recreation, sleep, drugs and alcohol, sexual assault, suicide prevention, relaxation and mindfulness, self-confidence, social connection and community, grief and tragedy, focus and productivity, and physical health and illness.
Mental Health Support and Counselling Services
Information on counselling services available at UBC. Information available on counselling services for Indigenous students. Hours of operation and contact information for Brock Hall counselling and First Nations Longhouse counselling. Crisis and afterhours contact information available for services across Vancouver. Links to online self-help resources available.
Student-created, student-run mental health resource / online portal for students at UBC.
From their site: “Kaleidoscope’s primary goal is to provide a safe, stigma-free environment for individuals who identify with having with lived experience of mental illness and problems in and around UBC. Kaleidoscope is a place for people to come and participate in a growing support network, where stories may freely be shared in confidence and without fear of discrimination with others who may be going through similar experiences.”
Student-run free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for UBC students and staff facing a variety of challenges. Issues such as academic stress, relationship issues, family obligations and pressure, sexual orientation, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, loneliness, self-injury, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and general mental health information available to students.
AMS Food Bank
Emergency food relief service for UBC students in need. Valid student ID needed to access food. Students can use the food bank up to six times a semester, receiving one bag of groceries per visit. Resources available for Vancouver wide food bank services.
UBC Yoga Club
Affordable yoga classes based out the Student Union Building. Membership fees for students before Sept 23rd are $15, then $20 after. Or $2 drop in rates per session. Calendar available here (https://ubcyogaclub.com/schedule/).
Student-run food organization / café. Located five minutes from WMAX (SCARP) seedlings offers affordable raw, vegan, and vegetarian cuisine which is organic, as locally sourced as possible, and fair trade (where possible). Great space on the top floor of the Thea Koerner House that is cozy, peaceful, and has great lighting. Plug-ins available on some of the walls. Good space for meetings, work sessions, and general hangs!
A climbing wall located in the Student Union Building. Cash only! Drop in price ($10), four month pass ($25), 12 month ($50). Rentals free the first time then $5 after. Open to all, beginners to expert climbers. Free belay lessons available if you’ve never climbed / top-rope belayed. Waivers available online (https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/theaviary/4152a6eb-df5a-412f-9786-8f5ab3904efe). Hours available on website. **Pro-tip: become a member of the Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC) and you get $5 off the four month and 12 month memberships!
Varsity Outdoor Club
Member-run, student outdoor club at UBC with people interested in hiking, camping, climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, canoeing, and many more outdoor activities. No experience required – most trips through this club are considered challenging but support, encouragement, and enthusiasm are available!
Indigenous Food Initiatives UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm is located on the unceded ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples, whose guidance and collaboration is vital to all activities on the Farm. In particular, the CSFS works closely with three Indigenous initiatives at the UBC Farm:
- Tu’wusht Garden Project (http://www.vnhs.net/programs-services/tuwusht-project/about),
- Tal A’xin: Maya in Exile Garden (info: http://news.ubc.ca/2013/10/09/mayan-refugees-cultivate-heritage-at-ubc-farm/)
- xʷc̓ic̓əsəm: Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden. Information and volunteering available through the medicine collective: http://lfs-indigenous.sites.olt.ubc.ca/indigenous-research-partnerships/the-medicine-collective/
Each year, these initiatives bring thousands of visits to the Farm and engage hundreds of UBC students through academic connections such as class visits, group projects, graduate research, and directed studies.
Aboriginal Portal UBC Vancouver
Website dedicated to providing information relating to Aboriginal programs, initiatives, research, and services available on the UBC Vancouver Campus. Stories and resources available for Aboriginal students on campus.
First Nations House of Learning (FNHL)
Provides longhouse-based student services and communications, provides a point of contact for Aboriginal communities, and leads strategic planning on UBC Aboriginal initiatives. Peaceful work space for students. Presentations on Tuesdays with free lunch provides information on Indigenous initiatives on campus, Vancouver, across British Columbia, and broadly, throughout Canada.
Pacific Spirit Regional Trails (Beaches, Forest Walks, and Trails)
Trails to Wreck beach and the large Pacific Spirit Park (beautiful coastal rainforest!) very near WMAX (SCARP). Great walks, places for meditation, and fun picnic spots. Wreck beach is considered a nude beach (especially during the warmer months) – the beach is patrolled and monitored by a very close-knit community and parks officers. Beautiful trails and walks along the beach five minutes away from WMAX.
Nitobe Memorial Gardens
Traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located 2 minutes away from WMAX (SCARP). Admission is free for UBC Students (us!). Great place for a walk or meditation.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Vancouver’s Natural History Museum! Students get in free. From the site: “20,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing over 500 permanent exhibits. Among our two million treasured specimens are a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium, the third-largest fish collection in Canada, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around BC and across the world”. Great place for a walkabout!
Museum of Anthropology
Museum and local tourism destination dedicated to research and teaching. Students at UBC get in for free! Great place to walk around and learn.