Health and Wellbeing
By Breeonne Baxter on March 2, 2017
The March issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Allergies: What to Do When Your Food Fights Back
- Seven Nutrition Myths Debunked
- Apply Now: Healthy Workplace Funding
- Mindfully Breaking The Sugar Habit
- Ways To Maximize Your Nutritional Coverage
- Free Events This Month: March 2017
- Community Health Events: March 2017
- Thriving Dietitians: Emma McCrudden & Melissa Baker
- Out & About: The New Year
- Nutrition Month: Healthy Recipes & Tips
- Perfecting Posture: Fitting in Fitness
- Alive@Work: March 2017
By Breeonne Baxter on February 14, 2017
The February 2017 issue of the Benefits FYI is now available.
- Benefits Fraud and How It Affects You: Sun Life’s Delisted Providers
- The Importance of Mental Health for Overall Wellness
- Having or Adopting a Child – Am I Eligible for Leave and Benefits?
- Benefits Coverage While Travelling and Download the Latest Medi-Passport Brochure
- Claiming Medical Expenses on Your Tax Returns and 2016 Tax Receipts (T4/T4A)
- Free Health Check-ups: Take Advantage In-Person and Online Health Assessments
- Walk or Run Your Way To a Smoke-Free Life
- Start The Year Right with Healthy Eating – How Your UBC Benefits Can Help
- Humans of Human Resources: Robert Boudreau
- Wellbeing Story: A Mindful Team
By Breeonne Baxter on February 2, 2017
The February issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- 10 Ways Humour Is Good For Your Heart
- How Emotional Wellbeing Can Save Your Heart
- If You Don’t Judge, You Can’t Get Frustrated
- Supporting Emotional Intelligence and Wellbeing
- Free Diabetes Assessments and Health Check-Up: Register Now
- Free Events This Month: February 2017
- Community Events: February 2017
- Thriving Thunderbird: Featuring Gilles Lepine
- February’s Healthy Recipes and Tips
- Get That Heart Pumping: Fitting in Fitness
- Alive@Work: February 2017
By Breeonne Baxter on January 23, 2017
UBC’s Suicide Awareness Day is Jan. 25, 2017. Each year, this day is held to bring awareness to the UBC campus community regarding suicide prevention by educating students, staff and faculty on the resources available to them on campus.
As heads and leaders at UBC, we ask that you help us to start a conversation about suicide prevention with everyone in the University community.
Most people who take their own lives show some signs that they are thinking about it beforehand. As a head of unit, we encourage you to learn how to reach out in case you have colleagues or students in need of support.
Learn about the warning signs for suicide at http://thrive.ubc.ca/prevent-suicide/.
Assisting students in distress involves three basic principles: See, say, and do something.
See something: Pay attention to warning signs
You may be the first person to see signs that a student is in distress. It’s important to pay attention to warning signs. Mental health concerns can have a significant impact on everyday life, including academics.
Say something: Trust your instincts
Say something if you’re worried about a student or if they leave you feeling concerned. It’s okay to share your concerns about a student with someone else at the University in order to provide the student with support.
Do something: Reach out and help
A student may not know help is available or may hesitate to ask for it. Connect the student with resources and identify your concerns using Early Alert.
- Download Printable guides to helping students in distress: Green Folder (Vancouver campus) | Blue Folder (Okanagan campus)
Supporting your colleagues in distress involves similar principles to supporting students:
See Something: Recognize visible changes in behavior
If you see behaviour that is out of character or unusual for your colleagues, know that early intervention plays a key role in recovery from mental health challenges.
Say Something: Respond with concern and empathy
Often we may notice changes in behaviour, but are unsure how to approach a person having difficulties. Reaching out to a colleague shows care and concern, and opens a dialogue to check how they are doing.
Do Something: Refer your colleague to available resources
Staff and faculty may not be aware of the wide range of support services available to them, or may be hesitant to ask for help. There are ways to connect your colleagues to resources, or to learn about them together.
If you or a colleague are experiencing an emergency or crisis and require immediate counselling services, call UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, at 1-800-387-4765 and select the emergency option to speak to a crisis counsellor. More information on UBC’s Employee & Family Assistance Program at http://hr.ubc.ca/efap/.
Empowering yourself with knowledge and taking advantage of support can help you become more resilient when faced with challenges. http://thrive.ubc.ca/get-help/
Other Ways to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention at UBC
Wear orange: Wear orange on Jan. 25 to show your support for those whose lives have been affected by the suicide of friends, family members, students, or colleagues, and to show that you want to reach out to those who are considering suicide. http://thrive.ubc.ca/2017/01/09/suicide-awareness/
Take the Suicide Myths and Facts Quiz: Knowing the facts is an important part of raising suicide awareness, preventing suicide, and combating stigma. Test your knowledge by taking the quiz.
Learn more about how to prevent suicide: If you need help for yourself or if you are concerned about someone else, reach out and help prevent suicide: http://thrive.ubc.ca/prevent-suicide/
In-person trainings: Sign up for Suicide Prevention Training (QPR), or arrange a QPR training session in your unit.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 21, 2016
The holiday season can be a great time of year, but it can also be a stressful time for some. UBC Faculty and Staff (and your eligible dependants) can access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) to speak with a counsellor if you are having a difficult time this holiday season.
UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell offers confidential short-term counselling on many issues. You can call Shepell if you need to talk with someone about:
- Relationship problems
- Parenting and caregiver concerns
- Work-related issues
- Stress and anxiety
- Alcohol and drug dependencies
- Financial advisory services
- Nutritional counseling
Call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 to chat with a counsellor, or visit their website at https://www.workhealthlife.com.
Please visit the HR EFAP page to learn more about the services provided by the UBC EFAP provider, enrolment information, and details on the eligibility of your dependants.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 8, 2016
The December issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Treat Yourself: Why You Deserve a Gift This Holiday Season
- Exploring Your Spiritual Side
- Why Do People Meditate?
- Extended Benefits Holiday Helpers
- Free Events This Month: December 2016
- Community Health News: December 2016
- “I have lost over 100 lbs, beaten chronic heart failure, and feel better than I have in eight years”: Thriving Campus
- December’s Healthy Recipes and Tips
- Be a Winter Warrior: Fitting in Fitness
- Alive@Work: December 2016
By Breeonne Baxter on November 30, 2016
The Winter 2016 issue of the Benefits FYI is now available.
- Important Changes to Medical Services Plan Premium effective Jan. 1, 2017
- Are You Separating or Getting a Divorce? Understand What Happens to Your Benefits
- Optional Life Insurance Rates Remain Unchanged for the Upcoming Year
- UBC Faculty & Staff Discount on Home & Tenant Insurance with TD Insurance
- Do You Have a Dependent Child Who is Thinking of Attending UBC? Attend an Information Session on Dec. 1, 2016
- Health, Fitness, and Family Discounts for UBC Staff & Faculty
- UBC Signs Groundbreaking Wellbeing Charter During Thrive Week
- End of Year Claims Reminders
- Sun Life Wants to Reward You for Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices
- Humans of Human Resource: Kristin Cacchioni
By Breeonne Baxter on October 26, 2016
The November issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Five Ways to Thrive This Week
- Nine Reasons to Fall For November
- The Quiet Inside
- “One of the most important things we can do is look out for the wellbeing of others”: Thriving Faculty
- Benefits to Support Thriving Staff & Faculty
- Free Events This Month: November 2016
- Community Health News: November 2016
- November’s Healthy Recipes and Tips
- Easy Office Workouts: Fitting in Fitness
- Alive@Work: November 2016
By Breeonne Baxter on October 20, 2016
By Breeonne Baxter on September 6, 2016
Welcome back, everyone, to a new school year!
The beginning of the new academic year brings a feeling of promise and excitement at the University. The energy and spirit our students bring back to campus is one of the best and most rewarding reasons to be part of the UBC community.
This year will be a momentous one as we continue to build a strong community with this year’s new and returning students, faculty, and staff. There will be lots of opportunities for growth and for change, and it is important for us all to support one another but also ourselves – in that light, I encourage you to take advantage of some of UBC’s wellbeing offerings:
- Students: Take the wellbeing quiz and learn how to support different areas of your health
- Faculty & Staff: Learn about the Wellbeing Initiative at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and find out about health and wellbeing courses and events for faculty and staff.
We wish all UBC students the best for a great year ahead, and a bright future!
– Lisa Castle, UBC Vice President Human Resources