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Let’s talk about mental health on Jan. 30

On Jan. 30, let’s talk about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an opportunity to join a national conversation about mental health challenges and help reduce the stigma around mental illness.

UBC is committed to building mentally healthy workplaces where all employees can thrive – and we all have a part to play. Our ability to live, learn, work and support one another at UBC depends on our mental health and resilience. Bell Let’s Talk Day is one of the ways we encourage UBC faculty, staff and students to think about mental health, to reach out to one another and connect with the resources, services and supports available at UBC and in the broader community.

Here are five simple ways you can support mental health at UBC:

  1. Learn about the mental health supports available.
  2. Find out how you can help a colleague in distress or help a student in distress.
  3. Register for a mental health training program or workshop.
  4. Use Early Alert to share concerns about students.
  5. Find out if your workplace has a Wellbeing Liaison – there are over 70 on campus! If your department/unit doesn’t have a Liaison, consider becoming one.

End the stigma around mental illness

One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

Bell Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need:

  • Language matters
  • Educate yourself
  • Be kind
  • Listen and ask
  • Talk about it

Get involved with Bell Let’s Talk Day at UBC

  • Jan. 25 (7:00 p.m.): Attend the Bell Let’s Talk Women’s Hockey Game, UBC vs. Saskatchewan at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
  • Jan. 30: Visit one of the many Bell Let’s Talk booths hosted by the Wellness Peers and student leader groups all over campus.

Thank you for supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day and for contributing to a safe, healthy and respectful community at UBC.

About Bell Let’s Talk Day
Bell Let’s Talk is a charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed to donate at least $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research. Annually, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each engagement on social media.

Next Integrated Renewal Program HR update call: Jan. 29, 2019

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Integrated Renewal Program HR update call on Dec. 6 If you weren’t able to make it, or you would like to review the slides and the call, there is a recording available.

Our next HR IRP call-in session will be Jan. 29, 9:00-10:00 a.m. All human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join through phone or by video-conference.

Jan. 29 agenda:

  • Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) Update
  • HR Work Stream Update – what has the team been working on and what is planned for the next 30 days
  • Supervisory Organizations – details of upcoming data validation with the community
  • Q & As

If you are interested in participating in the call, please contact IRP at to RSVP.

HR office closures over 2018 holiday break

The HR office will be closed over the holiday break.

Holidays Contacts (Vancouver)

We will be open until 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2018, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2019. Each unit has a designated person who will be monitoring emergency inquires over the week. To reach the voicemail of any HR unit at the Vancouver campus, call 604-822-8111.

HR systems maintenance Nov. 21. 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UBC will be performing system maintenance on Nov. 21, 2018, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Parts of our HR systems will not be available during this time. This includes:

  • ISIS
  • Benefits sign-up system
  • Training catalog and registration
  • Sick leave system
  • Faculty/Department specific job postings

UBC’s external and internal jobs boards, and HRMS/FMS systems will be available during this time.

What will inspire you to work at UBC in 2025? Share your thoughts to shape your future workplace

What will inspire you to work at UBC in 2025? Share your thoughts in a brief survey at It should only take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey closes December 9, 2018.

Currently in development, the Focus on People Framework supports the university’s strategic plan and will speak to how the university intends to lead as a first-choice place to work for faculty and staff.

For more information about the framework, visit

Focus on People 2017-18 Benchmark Report

The 2017-18 Focus on People Benchmark Report provides analytics and insights about UBC’s workforce. Taking into consideration the priorities in UBC’s new strategic plan, Shaping the Next Century, the information in the report is intended to begin to inform the university’s ability to:

  • Attract, engage and retain a diverse global community of outstanding student employees, faculty and staff;
  • Support the ongoing development of sustainable, healthy and connected campuses and communities; and
  • Cultivate a diverse community that creates and sustains equitable and inclusive campuses.

Visit to read the full report.