A message of sympathy and support to the UBC community about the earthquake tragedy in Turkiye and Syria

February 9, 2023

We at UBC are watching with sadness in the aftermath of the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria. Our hearts go out to the families and their loved ones, and to the rescue teams. We acknowledge that this is a challenging and emotional time for many in our UBC community, especially those with ties to Turkiye and Syria.

We encourage our students, faculty and staff to take advantage of the support available on both UBC campuses.

Faculty and staff can find all mental health resources on the Human Resources website: https://hr.ubc.ca/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health. This provides access to UBC’s Extended Health Benefits Plan and our Employee and Family Assistance Program, a confidential and voluntary resource with professional and emergency counseling services, as well as additional support via phone, video, web or mobile app.

For students, our UBC Students Assistance Program is a free, 24/7 confidential wellness resource, including crisis, grief and trauma counseling:

A variety of health and wellbeing resources, services and programming is also available to UBC Vancouver students at https://students.ubc.ca/health and to UBC Okanagan students at https://students.ok.ubc.ca/health-wellness/.

We would also like to highlight some initiatives for those who would like to help. On both UBC campuses, the Turkish Students Associations are organizing clothing drives through Feb. 10:

The community can donate to support students directly impacted by global events through the UBC Student Relief for World Events fund. This fund provides students with quick access to emergency funding for expenses including housing, food and travel.

To support efforts on the ground in Turkiye and Syria, please consider the initiatives of our partners at the Canadian Red Cross and UNHCR.

We are sending our hopes and sincere wishes for healing to all those impacted.

UBC Office of the Vice-Provost International


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