Health Promotion

The University offers many opportunities for health and wellness at the workplace and in the maintenance of personal and work-life balance. The following are links to some of the on-campus and off-campus resources that are available to employees. 

My Good Health - Helping you live better

Exercises for Stress Reduction & Deep Relaxation

The videos below are part of a program designed to help reduce stress. You can run them via the YouTube links below. This program was developed by the University Health Network staff. Feedback is welcome and can be provided to

Part 1 of 4 - Introduction
This session will include an explanation of why these techniques are important for us all, and how they can assist us in coping with stress and improving the quality of our lives.

Part 2 of 4 - Harvard Relaxation Response
This session will include an introductory daily practice to elicit the Relaxation Response using a simple Mindfulness breath and body meditation exercise for stress reduction and deep relaxation.

Part 3 of 4 - Stress Management
This session will include Stress Management - A three-minute breathing practice that you help you let go of overanalyzing and associating yourself with thoughts. This tool can be used before, during and after a stressful or traumatic experience to help diffuse its impact on the mind and body.

Part 4 of 4 - Deep Conscious Sleep
This session will include a deep relaxation 15-minute practice to help reduce stress and sleep disorders, and to cultivate awareness and a meditative state.

Health and Well-being at SFU

Staff at SFU's Health and Counselling Services (HCS) are committed to supporting the health of our students, staff and faculty.  There are a number of services, workshops and programs open to staff and faculty, including physiotherapy and chiropractic services, travel and medical vaccinations, Support over Suicide and Students in Distress workshops.

Staff and faculty can also access a number of online resources including wellness quizzes, a sleep diary, yoga videos and meditation audio casts. To learn more and/or to access online resources please visit

The Health Promotion team at HCS is working on the Healthy Campus Community initiative which aims to create a campus that positively influences the health and well-being of students, staff and faculty at SFU.  The initiative is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy University framework and involves working collaboratively to support success and well-being for all.  To learn more and get involved please click here


All SFU staff and faculty are welcome at SFU's Physiotherapy clinic! Anyone can enjoy the benefits of physiotherapy - whether you have back pain, an injury or want to improve muscle balance, movement and strength, physio can help! Staff and faculty with Pacific Blue Cross Group Extended Health Benefits will be reimbursed $19.08 (80% of $23.85) per visit for the first 12 visits per calendar year. After 12 visits, 80% of the full treatment fee will be reimbursed. Visit us online or give us a call at 778 782 3284 for more information or to book an appointment.

SOS Suicide Prevention Training

HCS offers specialized training sessions to help you identify, assist and refer students in crisis. In Canada, suicide ranks as the 2nd highest cause of death among university aged youth. You could help save a life! SOS Suicide Prevention Training is offered over the Fall semester at all three campuses - register online today!

Customized Workshops

The services provided by Health and Counselling are mobile! Our team of expert staff can come to your group or class to deliver a workshop covering a range of health topics. We deliver workshops on a variety of topics, including nutrition, relationships, stress management, work-life balance, and positive body image. If you have a specific topic in mind, we'd be happy to customize a workshop that fits the needs of your group. Check out a detailed list of workshops and book a workshop online today!


Visit the Athletics Department home page for information about Varsity Inter Collegiate sport - and support the CLAN as the only non-American School in the NCAA 


The Recreation Department offers a variety of services and facilities for your recreation needs. A recreation membership includes access to the Fitness Centre, Pool, and Drop In Sports. Many continuing staff quality for a free recreation membership. Additionally we offer over 100 different programs and classes including group fitness, pilates, dance, sport instruction, sport leagues and first aid certifications. We also can arrange for a custom program for you and your staff. This can include a single day offering of a selection of recreation programs and could be perfect for an end of term team building day or retreat (contact for details).

Human Resources

The Employee and Family Assistance Plan provides confidential, professional assistance for employees, their spouses and dependants counselling.

The Human Resources Learning and Development office provides opportunities for continuous learning and development by offering a range of professional development programs to employees, including workshops on wellness related topics.

See the Human Resources Learning and Development Course Schedule to register for courses offered in the current semester.

The Return to Work office works with employees, managers, supervisors, directors, chairs and administrators regarding employee health and wellness, sick leave, disability leave, return to work and accommodation.

SFU Contemporary Arts

Visit SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts webpage for information on music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts events open to all staff.