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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
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Disordered eating
  • Loneliness
  • Self-injury
  • 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: 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.

Joining the Speakeasy team

Speakeasy is no longer hiring volunteers for the 2019-2020 academic year! If you’re interested in joining the team for our 2020-2021 term, please email and you will receive application information.

Additional Resources

Part of Speakeasy’s job is to connect people with resources, so here’s our big list of resources.

On Campus

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.

Off Campus


Crisis Centre

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
  • 604-675-3985

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

Eating Disorders

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.

Prideline BC

Peer support, information and referrals over the phone for anyone in BC.

  • Mon-Fri 7-10 p.m.
  • 604-684-6869
  • Toll free (in BC): 1-800-566-1170

Reproductive Health

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.

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.

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