We are writing to you in hopes that you may be able to share this mental health study information with your students (via canvas announcement, in a lecture slide, email, etc.).
Our student and faculty team has created a comprehensive survey to study UBC student mental health, aligning with the ‘mental health and resilience’ and ‘collaborative leadership’ priorities of the UBC Wellbeing Strategic Framework. In order to make our research as representative as possible, we are trying to reach as many students as we can. By promoting student wellbeing, we promote student excellence.
For your convenience, our official study poster (PDF), a slide (PDF), a Canvas announcement template, and other information and materials can be found in this google drive folder.
We greatly appreciate your assistance in this UBC-wide effort. More information about our study can be found below.
Clarinne Tham, UBC Psychology student
Sakshi Sahakari, UBC Psychology student
Theophilus Ko, UBC Engineering Physics student
and the Project Aurora Mental Health Research Team
About the Mental Health Survey of UBC Students study (UBC BREB # H20-01636):
We want to know about students’ experiences with mental health and support services on campus. This is the first study we know of that focuses on deeply understanding UBC student mental health AND will have the results publicly available to the student body.
We are writing to request student participation in a Mental Health Survey of UBC Students and alumni who graduated in 2020. We recognize that the members of your student community are an important part of the greater UBC community, and we want our survey to capture this. Their responses will help directly shape future mental health initiatives at UBC.
Participation in this survey is completely voluntary, all the questions are optional, and all your responses are anonymous. None of the responses will be connected to identifying information.
The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Those who participate will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win one of five $50 gift cards (Amazon or debit card gift cards).
To participate, please click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/mhsurveyofubcstudent
If you have any questions about this survey, or difficulty in accessing the site or completing the survey, please email Caroline Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for providing this important feedback.
The study is led by Dr. John Ogrodniczuk, Director of the UBC Psychotherapy Program, Dr. Benjamin Cheung, Lecturer in the UBC Department of Psychology, and Caroline Sutton, Project Lead for the Mental Health Research Team of Project Aurora, a Canadian non-profit that is run by students for students (and the developers of Campuslightbox.com).
The purpose of this study is to understand student mental health experiences at UBC. This includes topics such as current mental health status, treatment preferences, likes and dislikes about current resources offered on campus, facilitators and barriers to help-seeking behaviour, and wellbeing and demographic information.
The results of the study will be used to catalyze a community engagement process to improve student mental health on campus and to advocate for improved student mental health resources and initiatives on campus. It will also improve Project Aurora’s student mental health resources including Campuslightbox.com.
This survey complies with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) because the survey data is kept secure and is stored and backed up in Canada.