Stressed out? Feeling down? Come to Speakeasy – a free, confidential student service offering peer crisis support, information, and referrals to the UBC community.
Sometimes we all just need someone to talk to. University is an exciting time for many individuals. It can also be a time of significant turmoil, as students encounter various:
- emotional, and
- spiritual challenges on a daily basis.
Speakeasy is here to offer a non-judgmental, supportive ear for any student or faculty member who is experiencing distress or seeking additional community resources.
To access our services, please drop by our reception desk located in the SUB (North Concourse – Main Level). All drop-ins and calls are strictly confidential and conducted in a private setting.
Our Peer Counselors are carefully chosen and extensively trained to help students deal with a wide range of issues, including relationship problems, substance abuse, sexuality, and exam stress. The goal of peer support is to empower students to resolve problems themselves. We also have connections with many on and off-campus resources, so if we can’t help you, we can refer you to someone who can.
Speakeasy is a safe space for students to talk about anything and everything. No problem is too big or too small. Common topics include:
- Relationship problems
- Family obligations and pressure
- Sexual orientation
- Academic stress
- Disordered eating
- Suicidal thoughts
- Substance abuse
- General information
Speakeasy is also committed to increasing awareness of mental health issues, and reducing stigma associated with those who struggle with mental illness. We are involved with various initiatives on campus throughout the year to promote student wellness and psychological health. If you are a campus group interested in working with Speakeasy, please contact our administrative office. We are always looking to work with other on-campus resources in the fight against stigma!
AMS Speakeasy has previously been involved with:
- UBC Suicide Awareness Day
- Wellness Week
- Wellness Fair
- UBC Safety Week
- THRIVE UBC
- Imagine UBC