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By Melissa Baluk on May 31, 2018
The Suicide Awareness Working Group is recruiting staff and faculty members who are interested in becoming QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) instructors at the Vancouver campus. This is a volunteer role and full training is provided.
As a QPR instructor, you will:
If you know a staff or faculty member who may be interested, and you are supportive of their use of time toward this initiative, please encourage them to apply or share the Info Sheet with them.
By Melissa Baluk on May 31, 2018
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.
By Melissa Baluk on May 17, 2018
Miranda Massie (Health Promotions) is holding a preview of her new training session, “The Working Mind”, on June 20 and invites anyone in HR who is interested to attend. The session will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at TEF III (Room 610) and only 25 spaces are available. Please email her by May 31 to save your spot.
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, all HR staff are invited to preview the training to ensure that it aligns with current UBC policies and procedures.
The manager/supervisor version of the training includes information related to duty to enquire, accommodations, return to work, along with the other program elements.
Please note: Miranda will be presenting the manager/supervisor version on June 20, but all HR staff are welcome to attend. Read on for more info about the program, including details about the employee and manager/supervisor course content.
To register, please email Miranda Massie.
• To reduce stigma and negative attitudes towards those struggling with poor mental health
• To provide learners with a broad understanding of mental health and wellness
• Help participants maintain mental health and improve resilience
• To promote mental health and wellness in the workplace
• To provide managers with the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees who may be experiencing mental health problems or illness
To give employees/managers the practical knowledge of mental health and mental illness so they can:
• Use the mental health continuum to recognize changes in their mental health and that of others
• Be prepared to use skills to improve their coping and resiliency
• Reduce both public and self-stigma
• Be willing to be a part of a supportive workplace
• A focus on dispelling the myths of mental health problems and mental illnesses, aiming to reduce associated stigma
• An overview of the Mental Health Continuum Model
• Self-assessment of one’s own mental health along the continuum
• Strategies one can apply at each point along the continuum
• Workplace accommodations and return to work
• How to observe changes in employees along the continuum
• Appropriate actions to take
• How to communicate with employees about mental health illness in a workplace context
Questions? Ask Miranda Massie.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 9, 2017
In October, additional Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) funds were secured for a special, one-time disbursement to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. The funds can be used to support training that provides key information and tools for understanding mental health issues, increasing mental health literacy, reducing stigma or building individual resilience skills.
If you know of a UBC department or unit that would benefit from HWIP funding, please encourage them to apply by Dec. 1, 2017. For more info, visit the HWIP webpage.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 26, 2017
Thrive is a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for everyone at UBC. This year, Thrive Week is Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2017.
There are many Thrive events taking place this year, and we encourage you to take in which events you can. See a full list of the week’s events here.
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 (daily): Natural Wellness Garden Tours
Nov. 2 (10:00-12:00 p.m.): Pop-up Wellness Lounge: Staff & Faculty
By Breeonne Baxter on October 26, 2017
Mindfulness@Work is an in-person educational program modelling off Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is an evidence-based training that reduces stress, cultivates physical & mental health and promotes wellbeing. Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning how to pay wise attention to whatever is happening in your life in the moment. The practice of mindfulness reduces reactivity and promotes greater connection inwardly and outwardly.
Mindfulness@Work specifically focuses on integrating the practice of mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork, and communication.
Participating in Mindfulness@Work requires an ongoing commitment to your wellbeing. You will be asked to:
Cost: $100 registration fee (eligible for PD funding)
Visit our Mindfulness@Work page for more information and to register.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 12, 2017
The 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge focuses on the core skills of mindfulness through evidence-based online training, teaching mindfulness-in-action for everyday life. Participants have found that the challenge helps reduce stress, while increasing joy and peak performance in all areas of life including leadership, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and decision-making in the workplace.
This year, the 30-Day challenge is free for UBC employees. The fall session runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 14, 2017.
Register at https://survey.ubc.ca/s/30DayChallengeRegistration/.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 14, 2017
If you are interested in exploring mindfulness as a way to increase your resiliency at work, we have two programs this fall in which you may be interested.
Sept. 25, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us for this orientation webinar to learn about the evidence supporting mindfulness and meditation and the practical application in your professional and personal life, as well as to hear about the two training programs available for UBC staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows this fall, the 30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge and Mindfulness@Work. Register for the webinar now.
Two Start Dates: Oct. 16, 2017, and Feb. 19, 2018
Learn the core skills of mindfulness through evidence-based online training. The 30-day challenge does not involve a formal meditation practice, but rather teaches mindfulness-in-action for everyday life. Learn more and register now.
Two Start Dates: Nov. 7, 2017, and April 5, 2018
For a deeper understanding of mindfulness and/or to develop a meditation practice, Mindfulness@Work offers an in-person educational program experience that uses the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) model. Learn more and register now.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 14, 2017
Not Myself Today is a national workplace mental health campaign focused on:
The deadline for signing your department up for this program is Oct. 9, 2017
This partnership is designed to provide departments with ready-made and easy-to-use toolkits for participating in Thrive Week. Join us in celebrating diversity, community and respect as colleagues at UBC. Click here to register your department or unit for the 2017 campaign, or learn more about the campaign and resources provided.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 3, 2017
Not Myself Today is a national campaign focusing on helping workplaces achieve better understanding of mental health and reduce stigma. As part of Thrive 2017, the Not Myself Today campaign will be implemented within numerous departments for the third year. UBC departments can easily take part in the campaign during Thrive Week (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017) using tools and resources to educate their staff and faculty.
Not Myself Today Info Session
Aug. 22, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us to learn about the campaign: how your department can get involved, discover support tools and resources, and learn about mental health.
By Breeonne Baxter on July 20, 2017
HR is hosting a session for all UBC staff and faculty who want to increase their mental health literacy in situations where they will be helping those in difficult situations.
Course summary: Understanding mental health challenges can be difficult and knowing how to interact with someone who might be in a mental health crisis can be even more challenging. The goal of this session is to increase mental health literacy while providing tools and skills to respond effectively in a caring and respectful way. Participants will learn skills and knowledge to help better manage mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 22, 2017
This July, we have two health and wellbeing courses that you may be interested in attending:
The three-part Learn to Meditate series is back by popular demand this summer! Wendy Quan will introduce you to the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques. This three-session course, tuned for the working environment, is designed for those both new and experienced in the world of mindfulness meditation. You will learn to cultivate personal resilience, discover techniques to reduce and manage stress, and gain confidence to practice meditation and mindfulness.
This boot camp will show you simple exercises and movements you can do to increase your cardio, core strength, flexibility and overall wellbeing.
For more information on health and wellbeing courses at UBC’s Vancouver campus, check out our Healthy UBC Newsletter.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 8, 2017
UBC recognizes the key role that positive mental health plays in the workplace, as well as its impact on professional performance, productivity and respectful environments. Mental health problems can be as disabling as physical health conditions, and are sometimes harder to heal. Our programs and training programs are aimed at increasing mental health literacy and decreasing stigma. We are working to provide UBC staff and faculty with tools and resources to improve mental health, resiliency and coping skills.
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, 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.
Understanding mental health challenges can be difficult and knowing how to interact with someone who might be in a mental health crisis can be even more challenging. The goal of this session is to increase mental health literacy while providing tools and skills to respond effectively in a caring and respectful way. Participants will learn skills and knowledge to help better manage mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. Find out more and register now.
If you are interested in holding a workshop in your unit that focuses on supporting faculty and staff mental health, check out the course offerings on our Mental Health Resources page. Contact information for the course facilitators is available in the course listing.