By Miranda Massie on October 29, 2014
Nov. 3-7, 2014, marks the 6th annual Thrive week held at UBC Vancouver.
Thrive is about celebrating our collective mental health and working together as a community to build skills, increase resiliency and help each another to cope effectively with challenges.
I believe Thrive is a celebration.
The intention behind this initiative is not to detract from the seriousness of mental illness. The prevalence of mental illness, paired often with a lack of adequate social support, is a serious issue facing not only those in our communities and our country, but individuals around the world. The prospect of improving mental health support systems and statistics is daunting, to say the least, and I feel quite powerless to effect any sustainable change.
What I do have to power and capacity to do, especially in my job at UBC, is to empower, encourage, educate and support others in understanding that mental health is a universal concept. We all have mental health and we do have some control over how we face the day and how it impacts our lives. This is the message I would like to share with you this month:
UBC Thrive is a celebration.
It is a celebration of our diverse campus communities.
It is a celebration of the collective mental health that unites us.
It is a celebration of our efforts to cope effectively with life’s challenges.
It is a celebration of our small victories on the road to success.
It is a celebration of our (very human) stumbles and setbacks along the way.
It is a celebration of those who work to ensure that we can teach, work and learn in an informed and supportive environment.
It is a celebration of those who struggle to find balance each day, but keep trying.
It is a celebration the resources that exist that we can reach out to for support.
It is a celebration of those who have reached out to get help for themselves or others.
It is a celebration of the thriving campus community that we are working to build and achieve.
Did you know…
Thrive, as a positive mental health movement, is spreading across the country. This year, 10 other Universities across Canada have adopted and adapted “Thrive” on their campuses, using UBC’s collaborative model to promote positive mental health!
This month, I invite you to celebrate with me. Attend a Thrive event, be inspired by stories of others, talk about mental health or reach out if you or someone you know is in need. Highlights include UBC’s Largest Zumba class on Friday, Nov. 7 at 12pm at the Student Recreation Centre (SRC). See full event listings here.
Let’s celebrate our mental health and let’s keep thriving!
All my best,
*Remember: No matter who you are or your role on campus, help is out there – for you and for those you might be concerned about. Learn more about the mental health resources that exist on campus for faculty, staff, managers, deans and HR professionals.
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By Miranda Massie on October 29, 2014
Bike to Work Week– Oct. 27-Oct.31
UBC`s community of staff, faculty, students and residents can support healthy workplaces and sustainable transportation by hopping on their bikes for one week, starting Monday Oct 27. Get healthy, active and energized at work, reduce your carbon footprint and win prizes!
UBC Thrive Week-Nov. 3-7
Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty and staff. This year, UBC’s Vancouver campus will host over 40 events aimed at increasing understanding, building skills and developing coping strategies to feel good and build positive mental health year-round.
Grace Under Pressure: Managing Stress Through Strategy (UBC AAPS)-Nov. 3, 5
Develop a better understanding of your own reactions to stress and your ability to manage it. UBC AAPS will be hosting three sessions for members – one at St. Paul’s Hospital and two at Point Grey. A UBC THRIVE EVENT! Please note that these events are open to UBC AAPS members only.
Faculty and Staff at UBC are invited to answer questions on various topics such as career, resources and support, wellbeing, community, and leadership. The survey is confidential and anonymous and offered online (paper surveys available). Make sure that your voice is heard!
Influenza (flu) season is here and it’s important to think about protecting yourself and those around you from the flu. Get your flu shot to ensure you stay healthy throughout the fall and winter months. UBC is offering free flu shots to staff, faculty and students on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and be sure to reserve your spot! A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Early Alert Training-Nov. 4, 5, 7
Early Alert is an early intervention response system that helps faculty, staff and TAs provide better support for students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC celebrates Movember’s mighty mustache-growing season by bringing together top experts in men’s health to discuss practical skills, tools, and approaches to keeping guys healthy. You won’t want to miss this diverse line-up of faculty, staff, and students who share the latest findings on the needs of men in maintaining positive mental health. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC’s Largest Zumba Class-Nov. 7
Give yourself a break and join UBC Recreation in celebrating Thrive at UBC with the University’s Largest Zumba Class. Free giveaways and snacks! Open to all abilities, no registration required. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Remembrance Day Ceremony (UBC)-Nov. 11
This year will mark sixty-three years that the University of British Columbia has hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony. This special ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the on and off-campus community to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.
alumni UBC Achievement Awards-Nov. 19
This November, the alumni UBC Achievement Awards will honour seven inspiring members of the UBC community who, through their extraordinary activities, have connected the university with communities both near and far to create positive change.
Mammography Screening Clinic-Nov. 20
The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) Mobile Services will be visiting UBC and providing FREE screening mammograms to women ages 40 to 79. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, usually before it has spread. Make it part of your regular health routine and book an appointment today! Pre-registration is required: To register, call 604.877.6187
Have a great healthy workplace idea, but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running healthy workplace programming but want to take it to the next level? The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments and units to support healthy activities for faculty and staff in the workplace.
Off Campus Events
Surrey International Film Festival-Nov. 1-14
This festival encourages emerging filmmakers to tell their stories, and showcases short independent films from around the world, culminating in the presentation of awards at the gala.
Hometown Hockey Tour, Burnaby-Nov. 8, 9
Ron MacLean is coming to Burnaby, BC, with the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour to celebrate the city’s iconic hockey story. You’re invited to join the free weekend outdoor hockey festival packed with interactive activities for all ages.
Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
Anonymous Art Show, North Vancouver-Nov. 20-Dec. 20
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very excited to announce the 10th Annual “Anonymous Art Show”.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market, Steveston-Nov. 2, 16, 30
Join the community every other Sunday from 10am-3pm inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The market continues the tradition of the Steveston winter market as a local attraction and a neighbourhood gathering place.
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