Resources for Self Care

Supporting graduate students, postdocs and staff is important to us. With services moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, staying healthy and connected remains a priority.

Below are some resources to help you take care of your well-being, whether it's through a mindfulness app, a virtual tour, or a new hobby to try at home.

Please check back regularly for new ideas and content. We'll be updating this page as new information come to us.

Information about COVID-19

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List of Resources

Resources Offered by SFU Units

Health and Wellness

Tips and Resources



Community and Connection

  • Quarantine chat lets you safely call someone who is also social distancing and would like to hear a friendly voice
  • If a phone call sounds too scary, you can also sign up to become a "pen-pal" for a senior
  • Kids Help Phone Volunteer is seeking online volunteers. You will not be on the phone, but responding to texts via your computer.
  • Mental Health Pandemic Facebook Group is a group that you can post and share your mental health tips and resources with others during the pandemic
  • Be there is a website to support you in supporting others with their mental health

Hobbies and Recreation


  • Crave and TIFF are offering free streaming movies with Stay at Home Cinema
  • Indigenous Cinema by the National Film Board has a catalogue of free Indigenous films
  • Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that lets you enjoy movies/TV shows with family and friends by synchronizing video playback and a group chat (Netflix subscription require
  • Access thousands of free films and videos using Criterion on Demand via SFU Library
  • PHD Comics Movies are free to watch
  • National Film Board has over 3,000 productions with free streaming

Music and Podcasts

Virtual Tours

Arts and Crafts

  • Laura Horn is offering a free abstract art collage-making course.
  • The Montreal Museum of Fine Art posts an Art Therapy activity every Friday on its Facebook page.
  • Draw Everyday offers daily 20-minute videos with New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Owens Art Gallery: Twitter hashtag encouraging you to use creativity using drawing prompts


Resources for Parents

Study Tips