By Melissa Lafrance on September 11, 2018
The Working Mind for Managers | September 18 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based, solution-focused, workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for managers, supervisors, deans and department heads. Designed to address and promote mental health in a workplace setting, participants will enhance their awareness to reduce stigma and negative attitudes around mental health challenges. Managers will acquire a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing, be able to promote mental health in the workplace, and gain confidence, tools and resources to support employees. Find out more about the training.
This training is currently full. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waitlist.
QPR Suicide Intervention Training | September 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide intervention program designed to help you question, persuade and refer. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives, much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention. Learn to recognize suicide warning signs, how to approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate health services, and connect the person to resources that will help resolve crises. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | September 26 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation with a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse, and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Find out more and register now.
Sit-Stand Desks & Platforms | September 26 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available for the workplace. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option may be most suitable. Product samples will be available for participants to try in order to understand how the different models impact physical positioning and workflow. Find out more and register now.
The Working Mind for Employees | October 2 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based, solution-focused workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for employees. Designed to address and promote mental health in a workplace setting, participants will enhance their awareness to reduce stigma and negative attitudes around mental health challenges. Employees will acquire a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing, be able to promote mental health in the workplace, and enhance personal mental health and resilience. Find out more and register now.
Protective Effects of Restful Sleep | October 10 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A good night’s sleep is critical for overall wellbeing. It often impacts how alert, energized and productive we are. This session will focus on the importance of sleep and its protective effects on overall health. Participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of burnout, strategies to improve sleep quality and feel better rested. Find out more and register now.
Coming up in October…
Orientation Webinar: 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | October 17 | 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join us for this orientation webinar to learn about the evidence supporting mindfulness and meditation, as well as the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge, an evidence-based online training, available for UBC staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows. Come learn about mindfulness, the science behind it and the practical application in your professional and personal life. Find out more and register for the webinar now.
Wellbeing Series Part 1: Self-Care 101 | October 18 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This session will focus on increasing mental health literacy through self-care. You will learn about the body’s stress response and how to identify these responses in yourself, how to assess your stress levels, explore the meaning of personal self-care, and discover the many resources available for UBC staff and faculty. Find out more and register now.
Click the following links to learn more about part 2 & 3 of the series:
Community Health News: September 2018
September 4-October 4: UBC Campus Challenge
September 10-16: UBC Recreation Free Week & Fitness Facility Open Houses
September 19: Learning the Basics of Herbal Medicine Part 1 (UBC Farm)
September 20: Harvest Feastival
September 21: Fall Softball Classic
September 22: UBC Homecoming
September 29-30: Day of the LongBoat
Ongoing: Weekly mindfulness drop-ins
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By Melissa Lafrance on September 11, 2018
A new school year is here and as staff and faculty, we may be experiencing a host of emotions. Some days, we might feel excited and joyful; other days we might be overwhelmed. As we bid farewell to another summer and move into the fall, check out the available resources you can access to better manage stress and build resilience. In this month’s Benefits Spotlight, let’s look at the services and resources available through Workplace Wellbeing & Benefits, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and UBC’s Extended Health Benefits Plan that can help you manage stress and build resilience.
Mona’s Challenge: When it’s difficult to bounce forward
Mona is excited to welcome back the fall semester and the many eager students to campus, some of whom will be coming to her for support. Dedicated to her role and to enhancing the student experience, Mona knows that the coming months will be busy and sometimes stressful and overwhelming. This knowledge is causing Mona to feel anxious and wonder if she is prepared to manage her emotions and to handle students who may come to her in distress.
How HR resources can help:
There is a range of programs and resources available to help improve individual mental health and resiliency, and support UBC workplaces that want to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of its staff and faculty. Visit our Mental Health webpage for more information, including:
- Tools and resources for staff and faculty
- Upcoming workshops
- Training programs and on-demand workshops
- Mindfulness and meditation
If you are enrolled in UBC’s Extended Health Plan, you can access counselling services from a licensed psychologist, registered social worker or registered clinical counsellor and be 100% reimbursed up to a maximum of $2,500 for each person per benefit year. For more details, refer to the information applicable to your UBC Employee Group.
Marc’s Challenge: When you want to be a healthy role model for your team
Marc manages a team of employees at UBC. He understands that he plays an important role in creating a positive and healthy working environment. Marc wants to be equipped to respond and support someone in distress and also wants to lead by example by taking a proactive approach to manage his own stress levels.
How HR resources can help:
Marc might want to think about professional development opportunities in this area including Health & Wellbeing Workshops and training programs. Marc can also access free, individualized Coaching support through HR’s Coaching program and access the Orange Insert for ways to help staff and faculty in distress.
How EFAP can help Marc:
UBC’s EFAP provider, Morneau Shepell, offers a range of supports and resources for managers, including manager consultations to help equip Marc to notice when someone is struggling or to refer his staff to counselling through EFAP.
Stress Coach Connects is a free, self-directed, online program. In a quick call to EFAP, Marc could enrol to assess, understand and manage high stress through tracking tools, goal setting, resources, and support from a counsellor via online chat.
Morneau Shepell delivers support services in a number of ways, including in-person, over the phone and through the web. Choose the format that works best for you. To book services or to learn which service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.worklifehealth.com. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
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