Health and Wellness


Supports for Living a Balanced School Life

UBC Vancouver Aboriginal Portal

This portal is a key resource for information regarding Aboriginal programs, services, research, and initiatives available on the UBC Vancouver campus. Connect with the Aboriginal community beyond just the Arts Undergraduate program through features such as the Student Stories section and the Longhouse calendar of events.

Student Health Services

Not feeling well? Book an appointment online, by phone, or in person at UBC Student Health Services at the UBC Hospital. A family doctor and a registered nurse are available to help you back on your feet and healthy again.

Access & Diversity

Access & Diversity works with students to create an inclusive living and learning environment in which all UBC community members can thrive. Access & Diversity can provide confidential support if you have any concerns (medical or non-medical) that impact your studies.

For more information about Access & Diversity, please contact:

Kuan Foo
Diversity Advisor – Aboriginal
Access & Diversity
Brock Hall 1203F
1874 East Mall
Tel: 604-822-2223

Counselling Services

University can sometimes be very overwhelming and there are times where you may feel sad, confused or stressed – it’s important to reach out and talk to someone when you feel this way. UBC has counsellors trained to assist students in clarifying concerns or situations and to open up new ways of dealing with them. Call the counselling phone line to book an appointment — you can request an Aboriginal counsellor, who works out of Brock Hall and the First Nations House of Learning. State your preferred meeting location when you call!

UBC Counselling Services
Brock Hall
Room 1040 | 1874 East Mall
Tel: 604-822-3811

Indigenous Foundations

This website was developed to support students in their studies, and to provide instructors, researchers and the broader public with a place to begin exploring topics that relate to Aboriginal peoples, cultures, and histories. Indigenous Foundations was developed by First Nations and Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

“What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom” Video Project

Classrooms, especially classrooms at major institutions like UBC, are becoming increasingly diverse and require attention in order to have effective cross-cultural discussions. This project works to improve the conversations around politically and culturally sensitive issues in a classroom by asking: how does cultural communication happen in a classroom, and how can it be improved?

This project examines the classroom experiences of students, instructors, and administrators at UBC in order to make these problems visible, to better understand how difficulties arise, and to find ways for more professional and productive classroom discussions. The project clearly identified the complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, and in specific discourse around Aboriginal curriculum.

To learn more about this project, visit:

Accessing Elders, Traditional Knowledge and Medicine at the UBC Farm

There are four different Indigenous initiatives at the UBC Farm: the Musqueam Garden, the Tu’wusht Garden Project, the Maya in Exile Garden, and the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden. Whether you’re a student or not, you can visit and volunteer with any one of these garden projects, meet new people, connect with the land, and gain valuable knowledge about traditional medicines and healing practices.

To learn more about each project and how you can get involved, visit:

The Farm also hosts a group of Elders and knowledge-keepers known as The Medicine Collective. The Medicine Collective works to share traditional teachings and support workshops to reconnect and restore relationships to lands and peoples that live on Turtle Island.

Visit their webpage to learn more: or contact them at

Sweat Ceremonies at the Longhouse

To find out more about these ceremonies and when they are offered, please contact the FNHL Coordinator at

The Wellness Centre

Open on a drop-in basis, the Wellness Centre is a friendly, welcoming space for you to ask questions to trained students about things like safer sex, how to manage stress, and eating and sleeping well.

Visit their webpage to learn more:

AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)

The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at UBC is a part of the AMS, the Student Society of UBC Vancouver. Run by full time staff and students since 2002, the SASC has been committed to the education, support, and empowerment of people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence as well as their friends and family. SASC serves UBC students, staff, faculty, and people with a connection to the UBC campus through various resources and services, including:

  • Crisis and short-term emotional support
  • Legal, medical, and campus-related advocacy
    • Support groups
  • Education and Outreach
  • Volunteer program for UBC students
  • A resource area located within the SASC office in the AMS Student Nest
  • A community lending library

For more information, please visit

Speakeasy was established to provide a non-judgmental, supportive ear for students and faculty members who are feeling distressed. If you’re not sure exactly where to turn, but need help, Speakeasy is a great first option. It’s student peer driven and entirely

No problem is too big or too small. The most common issues students meet with the Speakeasy to discuss are:

  • Relationship problems
  • Family obligations and pressure
  • Sexual orientation
  • Academic stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Disordered eating
  • Loneliness
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Substance abuse
  • General information

To read more about Speakeasy and view their contact details, please visit:
Early Alert

Early Alert is an interdepartmental program used to identify at-risk students in order to ensure that they get the support they need in dealing with the variety of personal and academic concerns that can pop up throughout the school year.

To learn more about Early Alert, and how the program works, please visit:

Academic Advising & Requesting Academic Concession

Contact Arts Academic Advising if your studies are impacted by health or other circumstances that impede your wellness. Academic Advising is here to support you with information that can inform your best next steps. There may be a situation in which you will need to request Academic Concession, learn about this process here or email