This initiative is run by botany and zoology grad students and faculty with the goal of providing better mental health support to grad students. We host stress-relieving events, wellness workshops, provide access to teaching faculty mentors, and advocate for your mental wellness to the departments. Find out more here.

ABOUT THE BOTANY AND ZOOLOGY WELLNESS INITIATIVE

Why the botany and zoology wellness initiative exists

Anxiety and depression are widespread among graduate students.

Studies indicate that 40% or more of graduate students experience anxiety and depressive mental health issues (1). Although graduate students make up approximately 22% of the student body on the Vancouver campus (2), most campus well-being initiatives focus on undergraduate students. Current graduate students programs fall short, with many graduate students feeling isolated in their community, and the university as a whole.

The goal is to develop a graduate wellness program that targets the specific types of issues that graduate students struggle with.

The plan is to use and in-house approach to mental wellness within the Botany and Zoology departments. The objective of this is to improve mental well-being and promote belonging to aid in graduate academic success.

(1) https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.4089

(2) http://pair2016.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2018/01/2017-18-Enrolment-Report-Final.pdf