Speakeasy is one of those campus resources that everyone knows of, but not many know what is offered. A friend of mine had been feeling unhappy and generally down for a long time and finally decided to see what Speakeasy had to offer. He had always thought that mental health was important, but that it was something that other people had to deal with and that he was fine. And aside from a predictable increase in stress levels he says he did not notice much of a change in his mental health upon arriving at UBC. As such it was a while before he realized that that constant feeling of being unhappy, dissatisfied, and unable to relax at all was his mental health saying it needed to be taken care of. It took some persuading on my part but finally he agreed that he should do something. I asked him about his first visit to Speakeasy and he agreed to tell me about it.
Overall Speakeasy is a very pleasant and supportive resource. It is staffed by well-trained students who provide a relaxed environment for students to let loose and just talk. The student staff are incredibly supportive he said, and although they aren’t technically allowed to recommend other resources they are great to talk to and know how to ask the right questions to help get you out of a mental loop of recurring thoughts.
Like many resources at UBC Speakeasy is not a cure-all place for everyone, but then again no resource will be able to fix everything. Speakeasy is for students who need to talk to someone, and in that they provide a perfect safe space and a great starting point.