Summer Meeting Times & Locations

And just like that, term 2 is over, and summer has arrived. Kaleidoscope will be running twice a week and be here to lend a listening ear!

Tuesdays: 5-6pm @ BUCH D205 (pizza)

Wednesdays: 12-1pm @ BUCH D204 (sushi)

Please note the following Wednesday location changes:

July 9th: BUCH D205

July 23rd: BUCH D228

July 30th: BUCH D228


Never hesitate to email us if you have any questions or concerns 🙂


Exam season meeting times & locations

Hi everyone!

We are still holding regular meetings 3 times a week through exam season. Drop by and relax while enjoying pizza or sushi!

Tuesdays: 5-6pm @ BUCH B216 (*note recent change in time and space here*)

Wednesdays: 12-1pm @ BUCH B218

Thursdays: 12:30-1:30pm @ BUCH B218

(Stay tuned for summer times and locations starting May 1st.)

Hope everyone is well. Be sure to check out Off and Running! Take care 🙂


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


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.

Opportunity for those to share their experiences with mental illness

To our support group members: A letter from the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Student’s and Interns, they are looking for anyone who is willing to share their experiences with mental illness. If you are interested in an opportunity to influence the future of how healthcare professionals view, understand, and care for people with mental illness, read  below for details!
I am contacting you as the Panel Discussion Coordinator for the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns’s (CAPSI’s) national Professional Development Week conference This conference brings together hundreds of students from all the pharmacy schools across Canada, and will be hosted in Vancouver January 8-11, 2014. As part of this year’s panel discussions at the conference, we are putting together a mental health panel, where past and current individuals experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, etc. will be given the opportunity to lead an interactive discussion that focuses on their experience with the healthcare system (eg. what worked well and what did not), and how they hope healthcare professionals can interact with or support those with mental health issues in the future.
Because Kaleidoscope brings together a community of such individuals who may be interested in contributing, I am looking for 1-2 individuals who:
-have experienced or are currently experiencing one or more mental illness(es)
-would like to speak about their mental health condition and their experience with the healthcare system in front of a large audience
-are comfortable with communicating with up to 3 other panelists/speakers in the period leading up to, and during the actual presentation
-are comfortable answering questions from the audience of future healthcare professionals
-are interested in teaching/guiding healthcare professionals on how to improve mental healthcare in the future
By participating in this initiative, members would have the opportunity to make a real difference in how healthcare professionals interact with those with mental health conditions in the future, and would be able to share their experiences with a broad audience who are dedicated to providing the best possible care in the future.
I would like to invite interested Kaleidoscope members to email me at [email protected] with their:
– name
– nature of their mental illness (what was the illness, how long did/have they experienced it for, a brief summary of their interactions with healthcare professionals eg. pharmacists, physicians, social workers, psychiatrists, etc., if applicable)
– experience and/or comfort level with public speaking
– and any additional questions they may have for me
Any information shared with me will remain between myself and my committee leader, Anita, and will not be shared with anyone else until the potential speaker has decided to commit to presenting at the conference.
I would like to thank you for your time and consideration, and invite you to contact me should you have any further questions.
Best regards,
Alice Hou
Panel Discussion Coordinator
CAPSI Professional Development Week 2014



TONIGHT! Living with Mental Ill-Ability Speaker’s Event

Three young adults – two of which are Kaleidoscope’s own facilitators! – will share their stories about living with mental illness or mental ill-ability. As part of the Mental Health Network anti-stigma campaign, this event is an opportunity for the UBC community to learn about living with major depression disorder, bipolar type 1 and bipolar type 2. We will also have an open mic for students, staff and faculty in the audience to share their stories and ideas about mental health.

Date: Monday, January 28th, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Irving K. Baber Learning Centre – Room 182
Admission: $2
Refreshments will be provided!

ILL-A•bil•i•ty: \ˈil-ə-bi-lə-tē\ n.

The opposite of disability: adaptation of power, strength, and creativity. Anything one puts their mind to, will be done. Creating advantages from disadvantages: A physical or mental “handicap” that one adapted themselves to, to pursue living a full, normal life.
– Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli

More info here:

RSVP directly here


Join us at the 2013 Mental Health Symposium at UBC this Saturday!

Members of Kaleidoscope will be at the Open Your Mind Mental Health Symposium this Saturday, January 26th! Come learn more about mental health services at UBC and engage with us in meaningful discussion about how we can make the UBC campus environment more conducive to mental wellness. Registration closes tomorrow so please RSVP asap!

Date: Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes refreshments in the morning and full lunch)
3:00pm – 4:30pm Splatter Art
Venue: Brock Hall (map)
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Full details:


Fall Meeting Times

We are happy to announce that this fall, The Kaleidoscope will have two support groups available on campus on Tuesdays from 5-6 pm and Wednesdays from 12-1 pm.  Meetings will still be held in the same place (small meeting room in the Center for Student Involvement in Brock Hall).

Anyone is welcome!


UBC Reports article

UBC reports has recently put up an article talking about the new “Early Alert” campus wide program to provide early support and services to students struggling with their mental and academic wellbeing. Victor from the kaleidoscope makes a guest appearance and quote as well!

Check out the article here:

The full issue is available here:


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]

General Information

January Meetings Times

The Kaleidoscope will reconvene 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).

Out first meeting  is set for Jan. 10th 2012.

If you’re interested in attending the group but this time doesn’t work for you please send us an email. We have been thinking of setting up an additional meeting time and may be able to work out something 🙂

[email protected]


Thrive Event Oct. 19th

Portrayals of Madness

Update: Drop by our booth (north side of the SUB) Monday and Tuesday to enter a DVD prize draw. On Wednesday those who come to the event can enter twice!.
DVDs include: Little Miss Sunshine, Donnie Darko & a blue ray version of Black Swan.


As part of UBC’s Thrive week The Kaleidoscope and the Mental Health Awareness Club will be hosting

Portrayals of Madness in Film

Wednesday Oct. 19th,12:00-12:45 and 1:00-1:45 

@ the Norm Theatre in the SUB (next to Bernoulli’s Bagels)

There will be time for questions and discussion as we screen depictions of mental illness in clips from Donnie Darko, A Beautiful Mind, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Little Miss Sunshine to more obscure and foreign films.

Come at 12pm, come at 1pm or stay for both! Refreshment provided!

For more information contact [email protected]


UBC Thrive

Sept. 6th 2011 – Imagine Day Booth; No regular group meeting

On the first day of the upcoming year, Tuesday Sept. 6th, we will be having our own booth at the Imagine Day fair! Come meet some of the members, find out information about our group, and pick up some free Kaleidoscope schwag! Our booth will be in in the Equity & Diversity section between the Earth & Ocean Sciences building and the Beaty Biodiversity Centre.

Regular group meeting on that day will be CANCELLED, and will continue Sept. 13th at our new time: 5:00-6:00PM, same location in Brock Hall.


UBC Mental Health Network Meeting

The Kaleidoscope is proud to have been a part of the founding of the UBC Mental Health Network. The Network hopes to bring together the various mental health-related initiatives at UBC in order to share resources, work together on projects, connect ideas, and promote mental health on campus. We are having a meeting on Thursday, May 26th 4:30PM at the Wellness Centre in the SUB. At present, anybody who is interested in being a part of this is welcome to come to our  meetings and see what we’ve got in the works!


Summer Semesters & New Meeting Time

Hi friends,

As the winter academic year comes to a close, we are happy to let you all know that the kaleidoscope will still continue to meet throughout the summer semesters. The only difference is that our meeting time will now be 4:00-5:00, half an hour earlier than what we have right now. We will still be in the same location at the Centre for Student Involvement at Brock Hall.

Good luck on your end of term deadlines everyone, and have a great summer!