Times and locations for support groups (each week)

Just to clarify: we hold meetings every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! You are welcome to join whichever group is most convenient for you.

Our weekly support group meetings are held…

(Tue) 5-6pm – CSI small meeting room (pizza provided)

(Wed) 12-1  – BUCH D209 (sushi provided)

(Thur) 12:30-1:30 – BUCH D209 (sushi provided)

Click here and scroll down for directions to the meeting locations.


Our schedule (at least locations) will change as of last day of classes. Check back here for updates.



Our apologies RE Thursday!

Sorry for the lack of sushi and facilitator today (Thursday)! With the change of people’s schedules due to exams, we had an oversight. Our apologies! The rest of Kscope meetings will go on as usual (except Tues are 4-5pm) up through Dec 18. (No meeting Dec 19.)


Tuesday group meetings from 4pm-5pm starting Dec 3

We are happy to be able to provide support during exam weeks!

For the next few weeks we have to shift our Tuesday meeting time an hour earlier to 4pm due to change in operating hours for the CSI. Our Tuesday schedule during exams will be:

Dec 3 4-5 pm Small meeting room CSI

Dec 10 4-5 pm Small meeting room CSI

Dec 17 4-5 pm Small meeting room CSI


Wed and Thurs meetings will continue as usual up through Dec 18. No group is currently planned for Dec 19.

The last meeting date for the month will be  Wed Dec 18. Check back in early January to find out when we will start up again! Also watch for possible changes in meeting rooms.


Thursdays are back!

We are starting our Thursday meetings back up today, Oct 9.

Change in time: Thursdays we will meet 12:30-1:30. Sushi provided.

Please look back here for a change in location starting next week.



Thursday Oct 3 group cancelled

We are temporarily cancelling our Thursday group until we have facilitators whose schedule works with that time slot. That should be soon (hopefully next week), but we may adjust the time by a little bit to help with scheduling. We’ll post here again with updates.

In the meantime, you are welcome to attend group on Tuesdays 5-6pm or Wednesdays 12-1pm.

Thanks for your patience while we adjust to the new semester.

-The Kaleidoscope team


Thursdays – Sep19 and Sep26 – group cancelled

We are temporarily cancelling our Thursday group until we have facilitators whose schedule works with that time slot. That should be soon (a couple of weeks), and we’ll post here again to let you know when we are starting up again.

In the meantime, you are welcome to attend group on Tuesdays 5-6pm or Wednesdays 12-1pm.

Thanks for your patience while we adjust to the new semester.

-The Kaleidoscope team


Fall meeting days, times and locations!

From September 3 to early December we have this schedule set up for support group meetings. Please check back in case of adjustments of times or location.

Tuesdays 5-6pm at the CSI – Centre for Student Involvement inside Brock Hall (small meeting room)

Wednesdays 12-1pm in room 460 of the IBLC – Irving Barber Learning Centre (except Sept 18 due to Truth & Reconciliation Day)

Thursdays 12-1pm in room 460 of the IBLC – Irving Barber Learning Centre

We hope to be serving pizza on Tuesdays and sushi on Wednesdays and Thursdays this year!



Connectivity Writing Group

Dear Kaleidoscope members,
A new group is starting up on campus this fall.  Here it is:
You are invited to join Connectivity: Using Writing Practice to Explore Mental Illness.This is not a therapy group, but it is a supportive environment where like minded people can explore the use of writing as a tool in their recovery and also as a bridge to reduce the stigma of mental illness.The group is facilitated by Rebecca Shaw, an M.Ed. student of Adult Education, and a writer living with bipolar II disorder.

Dates: Thursdays starting September 19
 4:30 pm – 6 pm
Location:  Koerner Library Room 167

Registration is required to ensure we will have the right amount of space.

The Kaleidoscope will continue to have multiple weekly support group meetings as well.

Last meeting of 2012 – Dec 19

We will continue with our current meeting schedule (Tuesday 5-6pm and Wednesday 12-1pm) up through Dec 19. After that we are breaking until the same schedule kicks in again the week of Jan 7, 2013.

So there will be no meetings on the following dates: Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1, 2.

Also, please mark in your calendar: due to a room booking conflict there will be no meeting Wed, Jan 23. You are welcome to come to our Tues group that week, of course!



Current meeting times

The Kaleidoscope is currently meeting on Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm in the small meeting room of the CSI in Brock Hall. (on the main floor. If you have trouble finding us just ask at the CSI help desk – they are super nice).

If you’re interested in attending the group but this time doesn’t work for you please send us an email (below). We are thinking of trying to get an additional meeting time going, so if you would be interested and Tuesday afternoons do not work, let us know what time normally works for you.

[email protected]


Short meeting today

On April 12 our meeting will be cut short (to 5pm) due to a change in CSI hours. We apologize for not being ahead of the curve on this. We may be changing our meeting time to 4pm for future weeks or finding a different meeting spot for the near future… please check in next Tuesday before coming.


Mental Health Symposium at UBC (Feb 26)

Do you want to be part of a solution? Are you interested in changing the culture at UBC to be more aware and supportive of those with mental health concerns? Do you feel like the university community needs to be more engaged in providing for its students, faculty and staff good mental health practices like stress reduction and social support? Do  you wonder how these things can be accomplished? Then you are invited! This free event includes lunch and an opportunity to engage in dialogue with others around issues of mental health promotion, policy and stigma. You must register in advance so that Sarah, the organizer, knows how many people to plan for! Hope to see you there for an inspiring day of planning and action. Read on for the details:

A dialogue about mental wellbeing

Amid news reports of university student depression, and a growing awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing for academic success at university, many students at UBC want to engage in a dialogue about mental health. New student initiatives have emerged such as the new Mental Health Awareness Club and The Kaleidoscope, among others.

In October, 2010, the second annual Healthy Minds – Healthy Campuses conference was held in BC. Many UBC groups and services sent representatives to this engaging two-day event where participants had an opportunity to explore issues related to university student mental health. As a follow-up to this event, Healthy Minds at UBC, in consultation with many of the groups who attended Healthy Minds – Healthy Campuses, is planning a one-day event at UBC to encourage dialogue about mental health, healthy minds, and decreasing stigma of mental illness.


TIME: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM




Includes lunch and an opportunity to hear a keynote speaker, as well as participate in a dialogue-centred activity with other UBC students, staff and faculty.

Go to the symposium website

General Information, News

New meeting location in Brock Hall

Starting Tuesday, February 1 we are meeting in a new location. Please come to Brock Hall East Wing (here is a campus map with bus loop and Brock Hall circled).

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). These folks have kindly allowed us to book their “small meeting room”, room 1024. There is a front desk; just ask them where the small meeting room is, and they should help direct you there. I will let them know people will be asking about “the Kaleidoscope” meeting. Sorry for the sudden change, and I hope this room works out nicely for us. Meeting time is still 4:30pm to 5:30pm on Tuesday afternoons.


Room change possible

We may need to meet in a different location starting next week. Please check back here for updates or ‘follow’ our twitter account: empowrchange. It may take us until Monday or Tuesday to confirm a new location; please bear with us. Thanks!