Mental Health Resources for the Holidays

Take the Day – Sick Days

The law does not distinguish between physical and mental health. If you are stressed, burnt out, overwhelmed, or low, and you think taking a day or two to regroup could help, you can use your sick leave. You do not need to disclose the nature of your illness to your manager/supervisor for only taking a day or two off of work.

UBC can ask for a doctor’s note after 5 consecutive working days or if you are exhibiting a strange pattern of behaviour. If you have been asked for a note and it has not been 5 consecutive working days, please contact the AAPS Office for advice.

If you have provided UBC with a doctor’s note for a short or longer-term sick leave and you are asked to complete an additional questionnaire, please contact AAPS before completing that questionnaire. There is only certain information that your employer is entitled to and it is outlined in your Collective Agreement.

Support through Extended Health Benefits

Under your UBC extended health plan, you can access a registered psychologist, clinical counsellor, or social worker. You do not need a referral, and your visits are 100% covered up to $2,500 per benefits year. Learn more about paramedical services on the UBC benefits website.

Support through the confidential Employee and Family Assistance Program

24/7/365 counselling services are available for you and your family from your EFAP provider Shepell at 1-800-387-4765 or Counselling is available in person, over the phone, and online. They offer many other services such as stress & health help, legal/finance help, and resources to support elders and children.

Provincial Resources

Courses and Workshops from UBC