Statement on Ukraine conflict

The university is deeply troubled about Russia’s military attacks in Ukraine, the impact on the country’s citizens and international stability, and closer to home the impact on our university community members. 

We know people are concerned about the health and safety of their loved ones in the region and may be personally affected by the evolving conflict. There are supports available to you, at UVic and in the community.

Please take care: Armed conflicts like these can be traumatic for everyone, particularly for those from the area as well as survivors of armed conflict in other parts of the world. This is an important time for our community to come together to listen to one another, to support each other, and to be kind.

Please take care of yourself and reach out for support if you need it.

UVic resources

International Centre for Students
At the International Centre for Students you have access to International Advisors and a place to connect with friends and find support during this difficult time.

Phone: +1-250-721-6361 

Student Wellness Centre
The Student Wellness Centre provides holistic care, for students’ well-being emotionally, physically and spiritually. You don’t need to be in Victoria to access care. Contact the centre for virtual and in-person appointments with counsellors, doctors, nurses, spiritual care providers and more. 

Phone: +1-250-721-8563

SupportConnect is a free, confidential mental health support for UVic students, available 24 hours/day.   

Phone (North America): +1-844-773-1427 
Phone (International): +1-250-999-7621

International SOS
Students, staff and faculty travelling internationally on UVic-sanctioned activities are encouraged to   register  with International SOS, which provides travel safety information, international healthcare, medical assistance, and security services abroad 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Employee and Family Support
UVic staff and faculty can find support through our Employee and Family Assistance Program including advice, private counselling, information referral services.

Community resources

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR)
Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR) provides mental health counselling to immigrants and refugees living on Vancouver Island. They specialize in trauma informed therapy and offer counselling services on a sliding scale.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre  provides a wide range of supports for immigrants, refugees and new Canadian citizens.

Phone: +1-250-361-9433.

Here2Talk is the provincial mental health support line for post-secondary students. Through this resource all B.C. post-secondary students – domestic or international have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24 hours/7 days a week, via app, phone and web.

Phone: +1-877-857-3397