Student Wellbeing

About Wellbeing

Wellbeing and positive mental health are key components of academic success and a healthy lifestyle. Students with greater wellbeing are able to learn and integrate information more effectively; studies show that increased wellbeing leads to optimal academic functioning.

Wellbeing also impacts emotional intelligence; a greater sense of wellbeing leads to positive growth in relationships, self-esteem, and self-regulation.

Positive effects of wellbeing:

  • Better academic performance and cognitive functioning
  • Enhanced test performance
  • Improved study habits and homework quality
  • Long-term academic success

Wellbeing includes:

  • Leading a healthy and balanced life
  • Achieving full potential in teaching, learning, working, and research
  • Balancing and developing IQ and EQ to actualize academic, social, emotional, and behavioural skills for personal and professional growth


Here to support you!

It is important to normalize human experience. Humans experience a range of mental health, and there is support available at every step.

No distress, problem or disorder – Good mental health does not imply not feeling sad, angry, unhappy, annoyed, etc. There is no such thing as a “bad” emotion. The ability to experience all emotions is often a indication of good mental health.

  • Advised resources at this step:
    • Support from friends
    • Student Services

Mental distress – Distress signals us to adapt in order to solve a problem. A breakup, failed exam, grief, academic stress, indicate to us that we have a problem to solve.

  • Advised resources at this step:
    • Talking with a mentor
    • Support from close friends
    • Self-help, take your time and make changes to help yourself
    • One time counselling session (Here2Talk, Dentistry Counselling)

Mental Health Problems – Occurs when a substantial emotional, mental or behavioral difficult causes significant life challenges. This usually requires you to invest lots of resources, including help from people in your life. It is important to seek professional mental health support when the impact of stressors are sustained and significant.

  • Advised resources at this step:
    • Recurrent counselling sessions (Dentistry Counselling, UBC Counselling, etc)
    • Support from close friends

Mental Illness – A diagnosis from a professional mental health provider and you are trying to manage the symptoms.

  • Advised resources at this step:
    • Medical professional
    • Combination of support (Counselling, therapy, medication)

Check Health and Safety for a list of resources!