Mental health belongs to all of us. Similar to how things work on the physical level, issues or illnesses may arise with our mental wellbeing when we are faced with challenges. Most of us have experienced mental health issues at some point in our lives. There are a wide range of issues that people experience, such as depression, alcohol/substance use and anxiety.
For some people, dealing with mental health issues or illness is frightening. A lack of understanding about mental health issues or illness from those around us and in our society can lead to feelings of fear and stigma. The greatest weapon in the battle against stigma is knowledge. Learning the facts about mental illness dispels the myth that mental illness is some kind of personal failing and instead is a real, medical illness with treatment and recovery possibilities.
When you or a dependent are in need of support, here are some resources that are available:
Counselling Services Coverage through Extended Health Benefits
If you are enrolled in the UBC Extended Health plan, you can be 100% reimbursed up to a maximum of $2,500 for each person per benefit year, for counselling services from a licensed psychologist, registered social worker or a registered clinical counsellor.
Counselling Support through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program
UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, offers counselling services for you and your dependents for a variety of work, health and life challenges, including:
- Confidential, short-term and solution-focused one-on-one counselling
- Counselling services include, but are not limited to, issues related to personal/emotional (stress, anxiety, depression), couple/relationship (communication, separation/divorce), family (parenting, elder care), work (workplace violence, harassment and conflicts), and addiction
- Variety of delivery methods to best suit your needs, including over the phone, in person, email, secure video chat, and more
To access these services, contact Shepell:
- By calling the Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765
- By visiting the Shepell website
To learn more about mental health and illness, visit Shepell’s Mental Illness: Discovery to Recovery microsite to access the following articles:
- Discovering mental illness
- Who is affected by mental illness?
- Living with mental illness
- Mental illness: the road to recovery
Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization to access these articles.
Additional Resources to Support Mental Health
UBC offers a range of programs and services in support of mental health — all of which are free to access. Explore the range of mental health resources available for staff and faculty.