We can all feel nervous, shy, or bashful at times. This type of social anxiety can be a helpful feeling when it motivates us to necessary action, or warn us of danger. However, when anxiety begins to impacts our lives, including how we think, feel and act, it is important to realise that help is available.
UBC ‘s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider Homewood Health offers a unique, short-term and solution-focused counselling approach that focuses on enabling individuals, couples and families to work on their life problems, including anxieties. The information you share with UBC’s EFAP provider is confidential, and is not shared with UBC. The University is not told the identity of those using EFAP services, including online services.
To access UBC’s EFAP services through Homewood Health, visit www.homewoodhumansolutions.com or call 1-800-663-1142 (toll- free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
The Canadian Mental Health Association tells us that many people who experience an anxiety disorder think that they should just be able to ‘get over it on their own,’ whereas others may need time to recognize how deeply anxiety affects their life. Anxiety disorders are real illnesses that affect a person’s wellbeing. It’s important to talk to a doctor about your mental health concerns. Sometimes, physical health conditions can cause symptoms of anxiety. Your doctor will work with you to look at all possible causes of anxiety.
Want to know more?
For more information on UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), visit our website. To book a presentation for your unit to review the free EFAP services available for UBC staff and faculty, contact Colin Hearne, Health and Wellbeing Associate, at 604-827-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.