Take Care of Your Health: UBC Suicide Awareness Day


As supporters, frontline workers, colleagues, friends, and family, a suicide can impact us in different ways. While helping others, be sure that you are taking good care of your mental health as well. If you are experiencing issues in the workplace contact AAPS for a confidential appointment.

If you are in a crisis:

 Call the Crisis Centre at 1.800.784.2433 or for a mental health emergency call 911.


If you feel like your mental health is deteriorating:

See A Mental Health Professional

If you have signed up for the UBC Benefits Plan, you and registered dependents have 100% coverage for visits to registered clinical counsellors, psychologists, and social workers up to $2,500 per year. You do not need a doctor’s referral. For more info see your paramedical benefits.

Use the free services through the EFAP Program

UBC’s EFAP service provider Shepell offers a range of confidential services at no cost to you or your registered dependents. These include:

Leaves of Absence, Accommodations, and Rights

There are a number of articles in your Collective Agreement that may help support your mental health. Make an appointment to speak to an AAPS Member Services Officer to get a better understanding of how these articles might apply to you:


If you want to help others:

Get Training

UBC HR offers a range of mental health trainings including Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid. The Canadian Mental Health Association has a number of community programs and resources. There are also a number of professional development programs offered by AAPS, UBC HR, and Extended Learning that may help you to become a more aware and supportive manager and leader.

Create a Healthy Work Community

We can help each other maintain good mental health through small actions. Slowing down, taking breaks, getting outside, stepping away from technology, being social and inclusive with people at work, and practising appropriate patience and empathy. You can model good behaviour to others at work and home. Here are some resources:


Talk to AAPS First:

If stress, trauma, bullying, mental health, or family issues are impacting your ability to do your job or if you have been let go from UBC, speak to AAPS first. Your conversations with us are confidential, and we will give you professional advice that is in your best interest. Make an appointment.