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Voices in the Valley – The Jack Summit

Approximately 50 UBCO students came together on January 25th to learn what it means to be a mental health advocate. UBCO’s local Jack Chapter in collaboration with Campus Health VOICE and other partners (e.g., MHAAC, SHARP, RBC) hosted the event. Students heard from well-known mental health advocates Myles Mattila (local hockey player, spokespers...

VOICE supports National Non-Smoking Week

The Campus Health VOICE student team were out on campus to raise awareness about National Non-Smoking Week, one of the longest running public health events in Canada.  During the week, VOICE students shared information about the health effects of tobacco smoking, and provided resources and information to help people stop smoking and stay smoke-fre...

Quench This

The Campus Health Voice students conducted a survey at UBCO to assess student attitudes toward healthier beverage choices and consumption patterns between September 2018 and March 2019. The results are informing the UBC Healthy Beverage Initiative on our campus. See where students stand on the issue of beverages at UBCO in this info-graphic.

Raising awareness about the risks of vaping

A group of fourth year nursing students (Bonnie O’Rourke, Tori Mufford, Chris Popel, Claire Merriman Campbell) working with our Campus Health VOICE team have been engaging students, faculty and staff in conversations about vaping. The comments of our campus community were collected on yellow sticky notes and recently displayed in UNC. The latest...

Opioid Dialogue: Listening for direction

Students working with the Campus Health VOICE team engaged members of our campus community in a conversation about the implications of the opioid crisis for our campus. Their ideas provide direction for harm reduction at UBC Okanagan. Read full report here: November 2019 Opioid Dialogue Final Report...

Stigma Smash

To kick off Thrive month on November 1st 2019, our VOICE team partnered with the UBCO Student Union, Jack Chapter, Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy Club, and a group of second year nursing students to smash mental health stigmas! Students wrote mental health stigmas or things that negatively affected their mental health on pumpkins. Then, [R...

1,2,3…Food Fight!!

Did you know that students are one of the most vulnerable populations in Canada for experiencing household food insecurity? What exactly is this issue faced by 40% of your UBC peers? Imagine not being able to afford food, skipping and compromising on the quality of your meals, and jeopardizing your overall well being because of […]...

Cannabis information for incoming students

The Campus Health Voice team in collaboration with UBCO Student Services provided information about recreational cannabis to incoming UBC students in their CREATE bags. The postcard included Health Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, UBC policies related to the use of recreational cannabis on campus, and resources available to students.

VOICE students attend National Student Food Summit

VOICE student co-researchers, Kimberly Rutledge and Desiree Amaral, joined 70 students from across Canada at the National Student Food Summit held at McMaster University. The conference provided an opportunity learn about Meal Exchange Canada, a charity that works with student leaders to transform the food on their campuses, with a focus on sustain...

Vaping – Briefing Note

In response to recent reports of the increases in youth and young adult vaping across Canada, the Campus Health Voice team prepared this briefing note to provide important information about vaping to our campus community. A strategy to address the needs of the UBCO campus related to vaping is under development. Options being considered are […...