Speakeasy provides free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for UBC students and staff facing a wide variety of challenges.
Need To Talk?
University can be a challenging and stressful time. Speakeasy is here to provide a safe space of non-judgment and acceptance for students and faculty members who need support. Our goal is to empower you to resolve issues in your own way by providing support, information and guidance; no issue is too big or too small. We can also connect you with many other resources, so if you need help and aren’t sure where to turn, Speakeasy is a good place to start.
Some common issues students come to us with include:
- Academic stress
- Relationship issues
- Family obligations and pressure
- Sexual orientation
- Disordered eating
- Suicidal thoughts
- Substance abuse
- How to support family and friends struggling with mental health issues
- General mental health information
Drop-in Sessions & appointmentS
To make use of this great service, drop by the Speakeasy reception desk on the 3rd floor of the AMS Nest, down the hallway from SASC, in room 3125. Or, book an appointment online by visiting: calendly.com/speakeasyvice. All sessions are held in a private setting and are strictly confidential.
Drop-in sessions and appointments take place with our Peer Support volunteers. They are highly trained in active listening skills, offering referrals and general mental health competency to support students and faculty members on a wide variety of issues. Volunteers are also prepared to enact emergency procedures if necessary to ensure safety of students using the service.
Spread the Speakeasy word
Speakeasy also has a team of Marketing Outreach volunteers, working to increase awareness of mental health issues on campus and reduce the stigma associated with them. We are always looking for more opportunities to engage students in mental health discussions and the services available, so if your group is interested in working with Speakeasy, please call or email us.
We’ve now filled all the volunteer positions for the 2018-2019 academic year! If you’re interested in joining the Marketing Outreach team in January 2019 email firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll be notified when applications open.
Part of Speakeasy’s job is to connect people with resources, so here’s our big list of resources.
Need to see a doctor or counsellor on campus? Are you concerned about your health and wellbeing? Do you need support with a disability or ongoing medical condition? The following on-campus resources are available to UBC students.
Confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Available 24/7 and in over 140 languages.
- Greater Vancouver: 604-872-3311
- BC-wide: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
S.A.F.E.R. (Suicide Attempt Follow-up Education & Research)
Provides counselling for people who are feeling suicidal or have attempted suicide, support and education for those concerned about loved ones at risk for suicide, and counselling for those who have lost someone to suicide.
- Mon-Fri 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Substance Abuse & Addiction
Addiction Services, Vancouver Coastal Health
Provides adults living in Vancouver with access to individual, couple and family/group addiction counselling at a variety of locations.
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 604-736-2033
Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders
Online peer support chat for individuals experiencing disordered eating, weight or body image issues. Ask an Expert web form for questions about eating disorders, with a personalized private response via email from a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Residential care program located in Vancouver for young men and women (17-24) suffering from an eating disorder.
Well Woman Counselling
Located by Vancouver General Hospital, Well Woman Counselling provides professional therapy covering a variety of issues with an emphasis on issues unique to women. They are open to clients of all genders.
WAVAW (Women Against Violence Against Women) Crisis Centre
Crisis line available 24/7 to self-identified women offering immediate emotional support, information and referrals as well as hospital accompaniment.
- Crisis line: 604-255-6344
- Toll free: 1-877-392-7583
BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Information, counselling and education services for male survivors of sexual abuse.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer)
“BC’s queer resource centre” offers information, referrals and free counselling for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning youth.
Peer support, information and referrals over the phone for anyone in BC.
- Mon-Fri 7-10 p.m.
- Toll free (in BC): 1-800-566-1170
Options for Sexual Health
Operates 60 clinics across BC which provide non-judgmental birth control counselling and low cost contraceptives and supplies, STI and Pap testing, pregnancy testing and options counseling as well as general sexual health information and referrals. Services offered for all genders, all orientations and all ages. Also operates the Sex Sense sexual health and information service weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. over the phone.
- Mon-Fri 9AM – 9PM
- Toll free (in BC): 1-800-SEX-SENSE (1-800-739-7376)
Everywoman’s Health Centre
Vancouver clinic offering a full range of sexual health services including IUD insertions, emergency contraception and STI testing. Non-judgmental and confidential.
- Appointment booking line: 604-322-6692