This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics from suicide prevention training to parenting skills and time management. Join us and take a few moments to build new skills, boost your health and to reflect on how you face the day. (Courses are at the Point Grey campus unless otherwise indicated)
QPR Gatekeeper Training: February 11th@ 9am-11am
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – Three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people are trained in CPR and the Heimlich Manoeuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide, and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. At this seminar you will learn how to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide, the common causes of suicidal behavior, the warning signs of suicide, how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal, how to get help for someone in crisis, and gain familiarity with referral resources both on and off campus. For more information or to register, click here.
Time is a precious resource. Once it is used up, we can never get it back. We’ve all heard the phrase “time equals money”; in a work setting this can sometimes literally be the case. We require balance in our lives so that we meet both our job requirements and our personal needs. How can we manage our time at work so that we are satisfied and successful? This session will explore some answers to these questions. For more information or to register, click here.
The prospect of talking to your children about sex and sexual health can be a difficult one, often made more challenging by personal discomfort, lack of education or shame. This conversation does not have to be feared or avoided. Why not arm yourself with knowledge, age-appropriate information and fantastic resources? At this session, you will learn how to speak to your children about comprehensive body science and sexual health information and how to start and continue this lifelong discussion. You will also take away a helpful formula for answering questions and learn about some fantastic resources for both parents and for children of any age. Help provide your children with the tools to keep themselves safe and to make healthy and informed decisions. For more information or to register, click here.
This year, UBC’s Travelling Health Fair will focus on cardiovascular risk and heart. As part of the fair, participants will receive the following services: Blood pressure measurement; Body Mass Index (BMI – height & weight) and waist measurement; Cholesterol measurement (a small finger prick); Calculation of heart disease risk (Framingham score); Counselling and interpretation of results; and Recommendations to optimize your heart health. Services will be provided by licensed pharmacists and pharmacy students from the Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Please note the specific locations and dates as the Fair takes place at both the Point Grey and Hospital locations. For more information or to register, click here.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based educational program that reduces stress, cultivates physical and mental health, and promotes balance and well-being. Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning how to pay wise attention to what is happening in your life. The practice of mindfulness reduces reactivity and promotes greater connection inwardly and outwardly. MBSR@Work specifically focuses on integrating the practice of mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork, and communication. The Mindfulness@Work Six-Week Program begins May, 2014, at UBC. Attendance at this orientation is mandatory to register for the Six-week program. Click here for more information and to register.
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch -hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. Monday’s group leaves at 12:30 p.m., while Friday’s leaves at 12:10 p.m. outside the General Services Administration Building (GSAB). All abilities welcome. For more information, call 604-827-3047, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September through May. Click here for more information.