The BCIT Student Association is dedicated to supporting student health and well being.

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Stress is a common post-secondary student experience; however, there are individual and systemic strategies that can be developed to ensure all students succeed. As such, the BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) Wellness Department is implementing the below project to understand your perspective of stress. This will enable us to design programs and services that meet your needs. For example, this past September we were able to start offering free 30 minute massages every Friday to help you relax and take a break from studying.

Participation in this project is entirely voluntary and confidential. Your involvement will include completing:

either   1) a 1 hour interview or 1 hour focus group to share your perspective

and      2) a 1 hour data validation session to ensure we accurately interpret your collective

Potential Benefits:

As a result of participating in this project, you will learn about BCIT-specific resources and services. You may also share tips and strategies to manage stress as a BCIT student and increase your understanding of wellness and its connection to academic success.

Additionally, the BCITSA will gain insight as to students’ experience in order to improve and develop effective programs and services. If applicable, BCIT may also benefit from this knowledge and will be informed when making systemic changes to one of British Columbia’s key learning environments.

Potential Risks:

Given the topic of stress, you may feel slight anxiety or stress during the discussions. All students will be given information about the various resources (e.g., Counselling and Student Development, Student Health Services, Indigenous Services, International Student Centre, etc.) at the time of signing the consent form as well as the beginning of each data collection session. This will ensure you have the relevant information if you would like additional support.

Group discussions (i.e., focus group and data validation session) will be facilitated as the primary data collection method. During these activities, some students may share personal experiences at BCIT with the group. There is some risk of other participants sharing this information outside of the research setting. During the consent process and at the beginning of all data collection sessions, everyone will be reminded of the ethical considerations such as respecting each other’s privacy. Students will be asked specifically to respect all participants’ privacy and do not share any of the discussion with others outside of the research setting.


Compensation to recognize your contributions will include $15 cash for the interview/focus group portion and another $15 cash for the data validation session. All interview, focus groups and data validation sessions will also be catered with snacks and coffee or tea.

To further inquire about the project or to request a consent form please contact the Principal Investigator and BCITSA Health and Wellness Manager, Kimberley Carter at kcarter@bcitsa.ca or visit www.bcitsa.ca/wellness.

Thank you,

BCITSA Wellness Team

Lucy Moger, Wellness Program Assistant
Lauren Oleksewich, Health and Wellness Coordinator

Kimberley Carter, Health and Wellness Manager
Wellness Department, BCIT Student Association

We do this by providing eligible students with a Health and Dental insurance plan, as well as by offering a variety of programs and services designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and to bring awareness to physical and mental wellness.

Health and Wellness events sponsored by the SA are fun, informative & include:

  • Zen Lounge – Stressed out? Relax with a FREE massage!
  • Speak Up Speak Out – a three day informative mental health awareness campaign packed with lots of fun activities
  • Doggy De-Stress Day Research has shown that spending time with a furry friend can improve your mood and reduce stress. What better way to relieve some of the stress and anxiety of exams than to spend a few minutes enjoying the company of some cute and cuddly dogs?
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) a 60 minute suicide prevention training course. According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment, approximately 1 in 10 Canadian post-secondary students report that they seriously considered suicide in the last 12 months. Join the BCIT community effort to help save lives from the most preventable kind of death. To sign up, drop by the Student Association Centre in SE 2, or e-mail healthandwellness@bcitsa.ca

QPR Sign Up