New wellness centre at UBC in January 2018

Posted on September 5th, 2017

When over 45,000 students start another semester of classes at the University of British Columbia next month, they’ll be given information to help them if they have any academic or financial troubles. 

But in recent years, UBC has increased its effort to make sure students know where to go if they have mental health troubles as well.

“We really support students to first of all access the services they need as well as to take the time they need if they’re not feeling well enough to continue with their studies,” said Cheryl Washburn, director of counseling services for UBC.

Washburn says the university has been making some improvements to the services available.

For one, she says they have introduced a centralized first point of contact to identify students’ concerns and the level of support needed.

“It connects a student to the least intrusive, least intensive, yet most effective support at any given time,” she said. 

And in January 2018, there will be a new wellness centre in the UBC Life Centre.

This means students will not have to go to the area for counselling services to get help, which Washburn says may reduce some of the hesitation students have.

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