In the new UBC Strategic Plan, People and Places is identified as a core area, and developing thriving communities is an important strategic goal. When we have a thriving community of faculty and staff, we make UBC a better place to live, work and learn. This month, we encourage everyone to take the time to focus on their health, wellbeing and resiliency. As a manager/administrator, here are some ways you can champion mental health and wellbeing in your department:
Oct. 29 – Nov. 2: Thrive Week
Use the Thrive 5 to build mental health in the workplace
Attend a Thrive event, including the free noon-hour Zumba wrap-up celebration at the Student Rec Centre on Nov. 2
Many departments and units across the university will be taking part in Not Myself Today, a national workplace mental health initiative that helps to build greater awareness, reduce stigma and foster safe and supportive cultures. Learn more about the UBC-wide mental health resources available to help support your workplace conversations and initiatives and to promote wellbeing among colleagues and teams.
Encourage your workplace and colleagues to register for the next Mindfulness Challenge. The program is free and open to all UBC staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows in Vancouver and the Okanagan. It is a great team-building activity and a simple way to introduce mindfulness as a way to help reduce stress, gain perspective and increase resilience at work and in life. Visit the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge page to learn more and to download a printable poster for your department.
Thank you for supporting UBC’s efforts to help everyone thrive all year long.
Thrive is both a mindset and a week-long series of events that encourages the UBC community to think about ways to increase mental wellbeing through resiliency, awareness, healthy lifestyle choices, and social support.