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

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.