UBC Students Denounce Russian Invasion of Ukraine

To our UBC Community,

The AMS is unsettled and appalled by Russia’s unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine. We strongly condemn the actions of the Russian military and call upon political leaders here in Canada, and around the world, to ensure Russia is held accountable. We join local, provincial, federal and international leaders in calling for an immediate withdrawal by Russia and a de-escalation of tensions in the region.

This troubling, chilling invasion may have a profound impact on many in our UBC student community. As a student of Ukrainian descent myself, I understand how difficult, saddening, and frightening the news of this invasion can be. If you or someone you know needs help or support, there is always someone to talk to. These resources are available to help no matter how much support you need:

  • Here2Talk
    Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students – domestic or international – currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.
  • AMS Peer Support
    Peer Support provides free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for UBC students and staff facing a wide variety of challenges. Peer Support also provides educational workshops on mental health and harm reduction for UBC student groups and community members free of charge.
  • UBC Student Assistance Program
    Offered by Aspiria, the UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, 24/7 wellness resource for students. Services include personal counselling, life coaching, group programs and more based on your needs.
  • Campus Lightbox
    A student-made directory of mental health and support resources available to UBC students. Campus Lightbox can help you identify the most appropriate resource for your needs.

As is always the case with events like these, it is important that we take care of each other. You are never alone, and there is a whole community of over 60,000 strong to support you. The AMS stands in solidarity with Ukrainians both here in Canada and abroad.

Take care,

Cole Evans

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