The Kaleidoscope is UBC’s first and only student-created, student-run mental health support group at the university’s main Vancouver Campus. A small group of students and faculty from the UBC community mobilized to form this initiative in early 2010, which focuses directly on providing support to people affected by mental illness or an addiction. We are a non-profit society, supported by two successive grants from the Alma Mater Society’s Innovative Projects Fund and more recently, Coast Capital Credit Union’s Community Investment Grant. The primary goal of our initiative is to provide a safe, stigma-free environment for individuals living with mental illness in and around the UBC community. It will be a place for people to participate in a growing support network where they are able to share their stories with others going through similar experiences, in confidence, without fear of discrimination.
Our hope is that users of The Kaleidoscope can share ideas and access resources to find effective strategies for managing symptoms and coping with everyday stress on their journey to mental wellness and recovery. We hope to leave all our users well-informed about common mental health issues so that they can increase awareness within their own communities, and in doing so, become empowered ambassadors for others living with psychiatric illness.
From May to the end of August, the Kaleidoscope meets:
Every Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 pm, every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm.
Check our news feed (click “home” above) to see about any cancellations.
Location of meetings: Centre for Student Involvement (usually in small meeting room — ask at the desk)Brock Hall – East Wing 1874 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Directions: From the Bus Loop, head to the street at the North end, then head West. Brock Hall will be on your right as you approach East Mall. Enter the building at the location circled in red on the close-up map. Head straight in, past the registration desks and stuff, and on your right you will see an area known as the Centre for Student Involvement (CSI). There is a front desk; just ask them where The Kaleidoscope is meeting, and they should help direct you to the room on your right as you enter.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions: