By Marlene Dong on October 28, 2019
Supporting the mental health of faculty, staff and students has long been an important priority for UBC. Mental health literacy and action are key focuses in the Focus on People 2025 framework and Wellbeing Strategic Framework.
Thrive is just one of the many mental health initiatives at UBC, and 2019 marks 10 years of Thrive at UBC. What started as a conversation between colleagues about the importance of reducing stigma associated with mental health has since grown into a movement celebrated across Canada. This year, Thrive is hosting a month-long series of events at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. It’s an opportunity for all faculty, staff and students to enhance their mental health literacy and boost their mental health. Here are some ways you can champion mental health and wellbeing in your UBC workplace in November and all year long.
Thrive (Nov. 1-30):
- Use the Thrive 5 to build mental health in the workplace
- Attend a Thrive event, including the free spin class, kick-off event at the Student Recreation Centre on Nov. 1. Saje Wellness will also be hosting wellness activities for those who prefer not to spin.
- Access mental health resources
Not Myself Today (Nov. 1-30):
Many departments and units across the university will be taking part in Not Myself Today, a national workplace mental health initiative that helps to build greater awareness, reduce stigma and foster safe and supportive cultures. Learn more about the UBC-wide mental health resources available to help support your workplace conversations and initiatives and to promote wellbeing among colleagues and teams.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge (Nov. 1-30):
Encourage your workplace and colleagues to register for the next Mindfulness Challenge. The program is free and open to all UBC staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows in Vancouver and the Okanagan. It is a great team-building activity and a simple way to introduce mindfulness as a way to help reduce stress, gain perspective and increase resilience at work and in life. Visit the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge page to learn more and to download a printable poster for your department.
Thank you for supporting UBC’s efforts to help everyone thrive.