World Mental Health Day


October 10th marks World Mental Health Day.

“World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.”

It’s a good opportunity to pause and reflect on your own mental health and the health of those around you. As students come up to mid-terms and the add/drop deadline, make sure that you have the support that you need, to give students the support that they need.

Canada has a National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. As Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff said in a statement on World Mental Health Day:

“You wouldn’t ask a worker with a repetitive strain injury to keep performing the action that injured them. So why would a worker be expected to continue to put their mental health at risk by subjecting themselves to unhealthy working conditions?”

AAPS provides members with confidential advice and support on mental health issues in the workplace. If you are considering taking medical leave for mental health reasons, have bullying/harassment concerns, questions about hours of work/workload, or any other concerns about how your work environment is impacting your mental health, please contact the AAPS Office for an appointment.

UBC Resources:

Extended Health

AAPS members have an excellent mental health benefit from UBC. You get up to $2500 per calendar to put towards visits with a psychologist, clinical counsellor, or social worker. The benefit is 100% deductible, and you do not need a note from your GP anymore. Lear more on the UBC Benefits website.


Confidential crisis counselling is available 24/7/365 online, over the phone, and in-person for you and your family. EFAP also provides a variety of programs for preventative care and stress management. Visit EFAP service provider Shepell’s website. If you are in a crisis, please call 1 800 387 4765.

Programs provided by UBC HR at Point Grey and the Okanagan Campus