Health & Wellbeing

Wellbeing workshop: Parenting Tips: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sexual Health (Jan. 23, 2019)

On Jan. 23, we are holding a noon-hour session for parents on How to talk to your kids about sexual health.

About this workshop

The prospect of talking to your children about sex and sexual health can be a difficult one, but these conversations do not need to be feared or avoided. Why not arm yourself with knowledge, age-appropriate information and fantastic resources? Learn how to speak to your children about comprehensive body science and sexual health information. You will also take away a helpful formula for answering questions and discover some fantastic resources for both parents and children of any age. Help provide your children with the tools to keep themselves safe and to make healthy and informed decisions.

Course Information

Date: Jan. 23, 2019, 12:00  – 1:00 p.m.
Location: CEME Room 1215, 6250 Applied Science Lane  [map]
Register online

Wellbeing workshop: Working Mind for Managers (Jan. 31, 2019)

We present Working Mind for Managers, to be held on Jan. 31 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). All supervisors, managers, and members of the distributed UBC’s HR community of practice in Vancouver are invited to attend.

About this workshop

The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based, workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for supervisors/managers.

Program Goals:

  • To provide supervisors and managers with the confidence, tools and resources to support employees who may be experiencing mental health challenges
  • To reduce stigma and negative attitudes towards those struggling with poor mental health
  • To provide learners with a broad understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • To promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Course Information

Date: Jan. 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: Free
Register online

Walkabout Challenge begins Jan. 21, 2019

Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. Everyone is welcome to participate, either individually or by creating teams of five and walking the distance of the virtual route. The challenge runs Jan. 21 to March 24, 2019.

Register your team before Jan. 27 at http://walkabout.educ.ubc.ca/.

Walkabout was designed and launched in 2005 by Dr. Joy Butler and is a partnership initiative between the Faculty of Education, UBC Recreation and UBC Human Resources.

Support for substance use and mental health challenges over the holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year. For those who are experiencing challenges with their mental health and/or substance use, it can help to know where you can find support and resources.

If you or a family member are in need of mental health support:

If you or a family member are in need of support for substance use:

It is important to know that no matter how you are feeling, you are not alone – help is available.

Search Inside Yourself training program: Jan. 14-15, 2019

In support of UBC’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing, HR is bringing back a unique professional development opportunity for faculty and staff at the Vancouver campus.

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a training program that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. The SIY program consists of:

  • Two-day in-person cohort-based training taught by SIY-certified instructors (Jan. 14-15, 2019, at the Vancouver campus)
  • Four weeks of follow-up exercises, content and cohort conversations via email (approx. mid-January to mid-February)
  • One-hour debrief session via webinar to integrate learning, answer questions and provide direction going forward (approx. late February)

Cost: $50 per person (eligible for PD funding)

The registration deadline is Jan. 4, 2019, but last year’s program filled up quickly. Spots are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Register now!

For more information, including program benefits and what’s included in the cost of the program, visit the Search Inside Yourself webpage.

Back to school safety

The fall semester has begun, and with the return of fall we will be seeing earlier sunsets and rainy weather. Please share this information with your employees, especially those who work outside of standard office hours.

UBC’s safety resources

  • You might want to use AMS Safewalk (604-822-5355) to request accompaniment while walking on campus after dark. Safewalk can be used by faculty and staff as well as students.
  • Use the Community Shuttles on campus.
  • Know the location of the UBC Blue Phones. They connect directly to Campus Security.
  • Know your location on campus and be able to describe where you are if you need to call for help.
  • When entering or exiting a locked/secured building, ensure that the door is secured before proceeding.
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911. If you see suspicious circumstances, call Campus Security at 604-822-2222.

Learn more at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/workplace-health/personal-safety-on-campus/.

For Managers/Supervisors: Preview “The Working Mind”: June 20, 2018

Human Resources will be holding a preview of the new training Working Mind session for UBC managers/supervisors on June 20 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). All members of the distributed HR community of practice in Vancouver are invited to attend for free.

About the Working Mind

The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for both supervisors/managers and employees. In advance of rolling out this program to the campus community, UBC managers and supervisors are invited to see how it aligns with UBC’s employment policies and procedures.

The session on June 20 is the the manager/supervisor version, and will include information related to duty to enquire, accommodations, return to work, along with the other program elements.

To register, please email Miranda Massie, UBC Health Promotions Coordinator.

Read more about the program goals and objectives under the cut.

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Last Call to Register for “The Working Mind” Session on June 20

We have a few spots still available for “The Working Mind”, a new training session being previewed by Miranda Massie (Health Promotions).

This evidence-based workplace training program aims to increase mental health literacy for employees. Anyone in HR is welcome to register for this free session.

Visit the post from May 17 for more information about the training session.