Russian invasion of Ukraine

February 24, 2022

Yesterday evening, I was deeply concerned to hear news about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since then, many world leaders have called for an immediate end to the conflict. SFU echoes those calls for peace.

For those in our community with ties to Ukraine, I know this is a difficult time. Please take care of yourselves and reach out if you need help. And to the rest of our community, this is a time to come together and look out for each other. If someone you know is struggling, please point them to the resources below.

  • My SSP: SFU students can access free 24/7 mental health support through the My SSP app. Culturally relevant support options are available; you can request to speak to a counsellor who shares your language and/or racial identity. 
  • See a Counsellor (to schedule a counselling session) or an Access Case Manager (to talk directly to a support professional on how to navigate resources): free, confidential supports are available to all registered SFU students.
  • Connect with a chaplain: The SFU Multifaith Centre has chaplains from various faith backgrounds available for one-on-one conversations and support.
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): the SFU Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides confidential, professional assistance to help SFU employees and their family members resolve problems that affect your personal and work lives. SFU employees can also access mental health supports and resources through Pacific Blue Cross.
  • Critical Incident Support: A Critical Incident (or Significant Event) is normally a traumatic event that creates a strong emotional reaction. This reaction may interfere with an individual’s ability to manage normal day-to-day activities or have a large negative impact on the people involved or community members that have in some way been involved. Learn about the supports available.
  • SFU is committed to protecting academic freedom and the safety of scholars globally through our membership with Scholars at Risk, an organization that protects scholars around the world suffering threats to their lives, liberty and well-being. Learn more.

One thing I love about the SFU community is the way we listen to, encourage and uplift each other during times of fear or uncertainty. Thank you for doing so again today.


Joy Johnson