Supports and opportunities while in self-isolation

Please be sure to take care of your mental health and overall wellness during this important time and reach out for the help you need.

Daily check-ins

If you are not fully vaccinated, please be sure to complete your daily check-ins with the University of Victoria, as well as ArriveCAN. UVic's Self-Isolation Program is intended to provide you with support, and ensure you keep well while in self-isolation. You can use the check-in form to report any issues or challenges you are facing, or you can email uvicsip@uvic.ca directly.

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19

All international students are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID -19.  Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Please see the President’s statement on COVID-19 rapid testing and vaccine status self-declaration. 

Register here to schedule your vaccine appointment if you have a Personal Health Number. 

Call 1-833-838-2323 to schedule your vaccine appointment if you don’t have a Personal Health Number. 

If you got your first dose in another country, you can get your second dose in Canada.  Please call 1-833-838-2323 to make an appointment.

Current students can also book appointments to get their shots at the Student Wellness Centre starting Sept. 14.

Please help us spread the word! Get all the details at uvic.ca/covidclinic.

Programming and social supports

The UVic Global Community offers weekly Global Community student social drop-in sessions, and other online programming to help you keep connected with the student community, and hosts online and video-based resources to help you get to know UVic and Victoria better while in self-isolation.

Health and wellness supports

Adjusting to a new country, language, and learning platform, can be a very stressful time for many. Please be sure to take care of your mental health and overall wellness during this important time and reach out for the help you need.

Resources to support your health and well being include:

UVic Student Wellness Centre

The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) is made up of Counselling, Health and Multifaith. The SWC aims to provide holistic care to support UVic students’ wellbeing emotionally, physically and spiritually. The SWC team includes counsellors, doctors, nurses, administrative staff, chaplains and other practitioners.

  • Counselling:To make an appointment call +1 250 721 8563. For more information, visit the Counselling
  • Health: To make an appointment call +1 250 721 8563 (if you have health questions dial extension 5 to speak with a nurse directly).
  • Multifaith: Staying connected to community and practicing mindfulness can help with feelings of isolation. Check out the programs Multifaith is offering, or connect with a chaplain directly.  

Relaxation and self-care resources

COVID-19 related resources:

General health and well-being resources:

Health and well-being apps

  • MyLife Meditation App is a relaxation and meditation app.
  • Breathr App provides opportunities for users to try out a variety of mindfulness practices, while also teaching interesting facts about the brain science behind those practices
  • TruReach Health App is an app for "mental wellness on-the-go". Engaging lessons and activities to help you enhance your mental wellness. 
  • MindShift™ CBT App can help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. 

Additional supports are available if you encounter mental health challenges while in self-isolation, or during your studies at UVic, including:

SupportConnect

SupportConnect is a free, confidential mental health support service for UVic students. Get connected with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches anytime, anywhere. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone and online. Video and in-person options are also available. You can reach out for any reason - big or small!

  • Toll-free (calls from North America): 1-844 773 1427
  • International collect calls: 250 999-7621

UVic student mental health site

UVic offers a variety of supports, services and opportunities to promote student mental health. Visit the UVic Student Mental Health website to learn more about how students can maintain positive mental health and the various supports and resources available.

Community resources

  • HealthLinkBC (24 hours/7 days a week); call 8-1-1 for health advice and information
  • Vancouver Island Crisis line (24 hours/7 days a week); call 1-888-494-3888
  • Here2Talk (24 hours/7 days a week) provides confidential mental health counselling and community referrals for BC post-secondary students through app, phone and web