Take the Day! Mental Health Resources


As the global pandemic continues, we want to ensure that all members are taking good care of themselves and their families. What you need to be healthy and safe may have changed, and that’s okay. Remember, it is still not business as usual, and this is not a regular work-from-home arrangement.

Please contact AAPS for a confidential conversation if you have concerns about how you are required to work during the pandemic and if you need additional information or support.


Sick Leave

The law does not distinguish between physical and mental health, and neither should you.

If you are stressed out, burned out, overwhelmed, or low, take the day. You can use sick days to take care of your mental health, and typically, if you take less than 5 consecutive sick days, you do not need to disclose information about the nature of your illness to your employer.

Beyond 5 consecutive days, you may be asked to provide a doctor’s note. There are rules in your Collective Agreement on what your employer is entitled to know. If you are told that your doctor’s note is not sufficient or receive a letter that you must provide additional information, please contact AAPS before taking it to your doctor.

Review Article 12.3 of your Collective Agreement to learn more about Sick Leave and Sick Leave Documentation.


Accommodations and Leaves

If in consultation with your medical professional, it is recommended that either a physical or time accommodation will support you staying at work, please contact AAPS. We can support you through the accommodations process.

Article 12 in your Collective Agreement lists the leaves that are accessible by AAPS members.


UBC 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.



24/7/365 counselling services are available for you and your family from your EFAP provider Shepell at 1-800-387-4765 or workhealthlife.com. 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.


Additional Resources

Crisis Line Association of BC

1800SUICIDE (24 hours): 1-800-784-2433 310

Mental Health Support (24 hours): 310-6789

KUU-US Aboriginal Crisis Line

Toll Free (24 hours): 1-800-588-8717

Canadian Mental Health Association

Multi-Cultural Mental Health Resource Centre

Crisis Service Canada

Resources for Marginalized Communities