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Health resources

Canada has a universal healthcare system, but navigating it as a graduate student can be tricky. The good news is that we have created a set of slides to help you! Click on the slide below to go to the whole deck.


In summary, there are three cogs in the health system that you should be aware of:

Mental health resources

Pursuing a graduate degree can often feel like both a sprint and a marathon, but it’s important that you prioritize your mental (and physical) health!

As a graduate student, the AMS/GSS Studentcare insurance includes generous mental health coverage: you get 100% off of the cost of therapy sessions up to $1,250 per year. Check the Studentcare website for more details. Generally, you can visit any mental health practitioner you want, but Studentcare is partnered with a provider called PsyVitalitï that provides online therapy sessions at $130 /session. This way, your AMS/GSS Studentcare insurance covers the entire cost of over 9 sessions a year.

If you need more support, UBC offers some additional services and resources:

For more information about these or other resources, the Student Services webpage and the resources for graduate students webpage are a great place to start.

If you are just feeling a little down and would like to talk to someone, reach out to any of the graduate student executives! We’d be happy to chat and to help if we can :)

Last updated: October 23, 2023