Mental health belongs to all of us. Our brains have a wide capacity for growth and change. Similar to how things work on the physical level, issues or illness may arise with our mental wellbeing when we are faced with challenges. Most of us have experienced mental health issues at some point in our lives. There are a wide range of issues that people experience, such as depression, alcohol/substance use, and anxiety.
For some people, dealing with mental health issues or illness is frightening. A lack of understanding about mental health issues or illness from those around us and in our society can lead to feelings of fear and stigma. The greatest weapon in the battle against stigma is knowledge. Learning the facts about mental illness dispels the myth that mental illness is some kind of personal failing and instead is a real, medical illness with treatment and recovery possibilities.
UBC offers a range of programs and services in support of mental health, all of which are free to access. Explore the range of mental health resources available for staff and faculty.
When you or a loved one are in need of support, here are some resources that are available:
If you are enrolled in the UBC Extended Health plan, you can be reimbursed up to $1,200 for counselling services from a Registered Psychologist or a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a doctor’s referral
UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, offers counselling services for you and your dependents with the following:
- Any mental health concern including depression, anxiety, addiction and more
- Stress & resiliency
- Bullying & abuse
- Family concerns (communication, parenting, dynamics, and more)
- Workplace communication or conflicts
To get started with Shepell’s Support Services, call 1-800-387-4765 or browse through their available services online.
To learn more about mental health and illness, check out the following related Workhealthlife articles:
General Mental Health Understanding:
- Understanding common mental illnesses
- The stigma related to mental illness
- Do you know myth from fact?
Mental Illness in the Workplace: