By Human Resources Communications on September 17, 2019
To support your personal and workplace wellbeing efforts this year, the Health Promotions team invites you to check out what’s coming this fall. We hope that these events and opportunities inspire you to champion wellbeing personally, within your teams, and beyond.
Dr. Thara Vayali will host her popular Stress & Resilience Series which explores the stress response, how to recognize stress levels, and ways to discover the connection between empathy and stress. Sign up for one session or register for the whole series.
Did you know that you can start UBC’s free 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge every week? New challenge start dates begin each Tuesday, making it easy to fit into your schedule.
We will still hold two group start dates for all faculty and staff (fall 2019 and spring 2020). This year, the fall group challenge will take place during Thrive (November 1-30). Consider signing up as an individual, or encourage your colleagues to take the challenge together!
Mental Health Literacy Training
Established by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, The Working Mind: Workplace Mental Health Training is an evidence-based training program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce stigma in a workplace setting. Spaces are limited, so register early.
Save the date for Thrive: November 1-30
Thrive turns 10 this year! To celebrate this milestone and recognize how this initiative has helped faculty, staff and students to explore their path to mental health, UBC Thrive will be a month-long event in 2019. Sign up for the Healthy UBC newsletter to learn more.
Not Myself Today Campaign (NMT)
This innovative workplace mental health initiative returns for another year to help build greater awareness, reduce stigma, and foster safe and supportive cultures at UBC. NMT kicks off during Thrive, but can be integrated into your department, unit or faculty’s mental health initiatives at any time of the year. Visit the Not Myself Today page to learn how you can become a partner this year.
UBC Launches Wellbeing Strategic Framework
Guided by the vision and calls-to-action in the Okanagan Charter, the new Wellbeing Strategic Framework connects long-term, university-wide aspirations with actions that promote wellbeing in six priority areas:
- Collaborative Leadership
- Mental Health + Resilience
- Food + Nutrition
- Social Connection
- Built + Natural Environments
- Physical Activity
Photo: UBC Recreation, UBC Thrive
By Human Resources Communications on September 25, 2018
As part of Thrive 2018, UBC departments, units and faculties are invited to participate in Not Myself Today (NMT), a workplace initiative that aims to build greater awareness, understanding and support for mental health. By registering as a NMT partner, you will receive access to toolkits and resources that you can use to inspire positive mental health in your workplace. There are a limited number of toolkits available, so submit your NMT toolkit request by Sept. 26, 2018.
Looking for other ways to explore your path to mental health? Here are some additional resources to consider:
Photo: UBC Thrive
Do you have questions? Contact the Health, Wellbeing & Benefits team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Human Resources Communications on September 21, 2017
Save the Date for Thrive 2017
Thrive is an annual, University-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff. For the past eight years and six years respectively, UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan have hosted Thrive week.
This year, from October 31 to November 3, the UBC community including campus partners and volunteers will come together to celebrate Thrive through a series of engaging and diverse events, activities and experiences with the help of campus partners and volunteers.
How You Can Get Your Workplace Involved:
1. Participate in the Not Myself Today Campaign (Vancouver campus)
Not Myself Today is a national workplace mental health campaign focused on three outcomes:
- Building an awareness and understanding of mental health
- Reducing stigma
- Fostering safe and supportive work cultures
This partnership is designed to provide departments with ready-made and easy-to-use toolkits for participating in Thrive week. Join your UBC colleagues in celebrating diversity, community and respect in the workplace.
2. Help promote Thrive week or host an event (Vancouver campus)
If your department, faculty or unit would like to assist in the promotion of Thrive and/or host a special Thrive event, please click here to register as a 2017 Thrive partner or learn more about the ways to partner with Thrive.
3. Support wellbeing in the classroom (Vancouver campus)
If you would like tools to support positive mental health within your teaching and learning environments, please visit the Thrive website or click here to learn more about the connection between teaching, learning and wellbeing at UBC.
Opportunity to Thrive with Okanagan Campus
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By Human Resources Communications on November 28, 2016
UBC’s annual Thrive week (Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2016) was dedicated to building positive mental health on campus for faculty, staff and students. Thrive week consists of a wide range of activities that promote building skills and healthy habits to improve mental health and resiliency on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
This year’s Thrive kick-off celebrations included a major commitment and pledge to wellbeing:
UBC became one of the first universities in the world to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, which calls on post-secondary institutions to make a commitment to embed health and wellbeing in all that we do, including our culture, policies, and practices.
On the very rainy morning of Oct. 31, Professor Ono signed the charter and committed an additional $1-million in support of ongoing wellbeing initiatives such as expanding the availability of mental health resources for faculty and staff, enhancing initiatives to support wellbeing in classrooms workplace environments and supporting programs that promote active lifestyles. A parallel signing took place on the Okanagan campus, where the charter was signed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard.
Thrive All Year Round
Thrive serves to highlight small ways to build resiliency and focus on wellbeing goals that can be achieved 365 days of the year. Thrive also serves as a platform for discussions around wellbeing within UBC communities. Click here to discover more ways to Thrive 365.
If you want to learn more about wellbeing programming available to staff and faculty, see the links below.
Vancouver links, upcoming events, and information
- Save the Date: Annual Travelling Health Fair – February 2017
- Free online virtual health assessments
- Upcoming mindfulness programs: Spring 2017
Okanagan links, upcoming events, information
- Save the Date: Annual Healthy Assessments Days – Feb. 15-16, 2017
By Human Resources Communications on September 26, 2016
What is Thrive?
Thrive is a campus-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff, during a week-long series of events. This year marks the eighth annual Thrive week at UBC. Thrive will be held at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses October 31-November 4, 2016. To learn more, be sure to check out our Thrive video or visit www.thrive.ubc.ca where up-to-date information is available.
Thrive builds understanding, critical thinking and dialogue about mental health by working to:
- Increase mental health literacy and reduce stigma
- Increase individual commitment to incorporate actions that promote positive mental health into daily life
- Increase awareness of resources
- Increase capacity for skill building and resilience
Ways to Get Involved
Participate in the Not Myself Today Campaign
Not Myself Today is a campaign focused on helping workplaces achieve a better understanding of mental health while reducing stigma. This partnership is designed to provide departments with a ready-made and easy-to-use action plan for participating in Thrive Week. Join us in celebrating diversity, community and respect as colleagues at UBC.
For more information please visit www.notmyselftoday.com or email email@example.com.
Click here to register your department or unit in the 2016 campaign.
Host a Thrive Event or Help Promote Thrive week
If your Department, Faculty or Unit would like to host a special Thrive event and/or assist in the promotion of Thrive, please register as a 2016 Thrive partner.
Incorporate Thrive in the Classroom
If you would like to integrate and foster positive mental health within your teaching and learning environments, please visit thrive.ubc.ca/faculty for more information and resources.
If you are interested in partnering with Thrive week at the Okanagan campus, please email Deb Oakley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Human Resources Communications on November 23, 2015
Nov. 2-6, 2015, marked UBC’s annual Thrive, a week dedicated to building positive mental health on campus for faculty, staff and students. Thrive week consists of a wide range of activities that promote building skills and habits to improve mental health and resiliency in both Vancouver and the Okanagan.
Campus community members were encouraged to incorporate new skills and actions into daily life, to address areas that might be challenging them, or to learn how to help others in their community. This year, Thrive highlighted small ways to build resiliency and achieve wellbeing goals 365 days of the year. These included highlighting mindfulness, exercise, sleep, volunteering and laughter as evidence-based strategies for boosting mental health.
How to Thrive All Year Long!
At the close of Thrive, we want to continue to support you in Thriving, all year long. Check out some of our Thrive 365 activities!
- Vancouver kicked off Thrive week in a major way this year by hosting a celebration in Money and Raymond Lee Square. Accompanied by live music from the Fireside Quintet, passersby were greeted with hot drinks, healthy snacks and those famous bright yellow Thrive stress balls.
- Vancouver staff and faculty participated in the inaugural year of the national Not Myself Today Campaign designed to reduce stigma and increase conversations about mental health in the workplace.
- The Faculty Wellbeing Cohort hosted a teaching, learning and research roundtable to look at wellbeing on campus.
- Full Vancouver event listings here
- Nursing Students met with faculty members across campus to hand out apples and provide information about Thrive. The response from faculty was very positive and many agreed to promote Thrive in the classroom.
- Many Thrive events were linked to the Okanagan Campaign of Caring. Volunteers distributed Caring Cookies and hosted a popular Random Act of Kindness Event.
- Okanagan Human Resources hosted a wrap up event that included dance lessons, snacks and draw prizes for participants.
- Full Okanagan event listings here
As part of Thrive 2015, over 60 campus partners, 50 volunteers and 10 committee members were successful in hosting 95 events and activities. Though the week has wrapped for another year, remember that there are 365 days and 365 ways to Thrive!
Thrive is taking off across Canada
Due in part to the success of Thrive over the past seven years and to the innovative, collaborative model for mental health promotion established at UBC, Thrive is gaining support across the country. To date, over 10 other post-secondary institutions have adopted Thrive as a method for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing to other campus communities. Past participants include Queens, Carleton, Laurier and University of Calgary.
Thrive is evidence-based
Based on evaluation data from 2014, Thrive’s activities this year were focused on:
- increasing awareness of what it means to Thrive,
- increasing the commitment of individuals to incorporate actions and to participate in activities that promote positive mental in daily life, and
- on building greater capacity for resilience and coping strategies for the UBC Community.
The Thrive committee strives to ensure that Thrive’s goals and objectives remain in line with best practices for mental health promotion.
Thrive is an award-winning initiative
In June, UBC’s Thrive initiative received first prize in the national open category of the 2015 Quality and Productivity Awards from Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO). It was selected based on its transferability, innovation and quality and productivity impact. The selection committee viewed UBC Thrive as a mental health promotion model that could be adopted by other universities across the country.