Mental Health Resources

UBC offers a range of programs and services in support of mental health – from meditation programs to reduce stress to training sessions on how to help co-workers struggling with depression.

These programs are offered free of charge and with the support and expertise of partners like the Canadian Mental Health Association. Click on the training session titles to learn more and find out the date of the next session. Many sessions can be offered upon request if there is sufficient interest.

Understanding Your Employee And Family Assistance Program

Offering expert information and immediate support resources to help with work, health and life challenges, the EFAP provides both short-term clinical counselling and work/life consultations to all eligible UBC employees and their dependents. This presentation provides an overview and detailed explanation of all services and access information.

Audience: Staff and faculty.
Time: 30 Minutes
Contact Melissa Lafrance to set up a training.

Self-Care 101

We don’t always take the time to care for and nurture ourselves and we sometimes require support in integrating relaxation and our personal needs into daily life. This session focuses on increasing mental health literacy through self-care for individuals. Participants will learn about the body’s stress response and how to identify these responses in themselves. They will have an opportunity to take a stress index, explore what self-care means to them and identify key UBC resources that can be engaged to support work life integration and positive mental health.

Audience: Staff and faculty.
Time: 1 Hour
Contact Miranda Massie to set up a training.

Self-Care For The Caretaker

Building on Self-Care 101, this session is designed for those working in front line or helping professions such as advisors, managers, supervisors, faculty and student services. In addition to learning about personal self-care, participants will explore the benefits and risks of supporting others while identifying ways to create and maintain supportive and safe environments.

Audience: managers, supervisors, advisors, student support staff, faculty, ‘helping professionals’.
Time: 1 Hour
Contact Miranda Massie to set up a training.

Mindfulness And The Benefits At Work

Mindfulness is quickly becoming a popular tool to improve both mental health and overall wellbeing.  But what is it exactly, and how can it be of use in the workplace?  In this session you and your team will learn about the basic elements involved in mindfulness practice and how current UBC research has uncovered a link between mindfulness practice and  stress, interpersonal relationships, conflict, emotional reactivity, energy, productivity and much more.

Audience: Staff and faculty.
Time: 1 hour
Contact Miranda Massie to set up a training.

Understanding Mental Health Challenges

Understanding mental health challenges can be difficult. Learning 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.

The presentation has the option to be followed with a 30 minute discussion involving case studies/scenarios.

Audience: Staff and faculty, particularly those in front-facing or first-responder roles.
Time: 1-1.5 Hours
Contact Miranda Massie to set up a training.

QPR: Suicide Prevention Training

QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. It acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives.

Participants will learn how to recognize suicide warning signs, 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. Suicide is preventable.

Audience: Staff, faculty and students.
Time: 2.5 Hours
Click Here to request a training.

Responding with Respect

This workshop, developed in partnership with UBC Human Resources and the Canadian Mental Health Association is designed to help participants learn to recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression in the workplace, respond in an empathetic and productive way and also refer their colleagues (or themselves) to appropriate resources.

The training is an interactive opportunity to help create a healthier UBC community. It includes factual information, best practices in empathetic communication, internal and external resources and case studies that are adapted to be relevant for all UBC faculty and staff.

Audience: Staff, faculty.
Time: 3 Hours
Contact Miranda Massie to set up a training.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives much like CPR for physical injuries. This is an international, evidence based, certificate training program that provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

By the end of the training, participants will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health crisis (including overdose, suicide, panic attack and psychosis), be able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

Audience: Staff and faculty, particularly those in front-facing or first-responder roles.
Time: 12 Hours
Contact Miranda Massie to set up a training.

UBC Thrive

Thrive is week-long series of events held each fall that draws awareness to mental health, as well as resources and ongoing initiatives throughout the year.
Audience: All UBC staff, faculty and students.

Visit the Thrive website for more information.

Mindfulness and Meditation Programs

Discover the benefits of mindfulness along with recent research findings, and UBC-based programs and mindfulness/meditation groups.

Find a UBC mindfulness or meditation program.

Resources for you and your colleagues

We have developed many tools and resources to help individuals to take control of their mental health and to better understand current mental health issues in themselves or colleagues.
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These tools are aligned with UBC’s Mental Health and Resilience priority area for students, staff and faculty.

Contact us

We’re available to provide informative presentations regarding mental health resources and support on and off campus. Email Miranda Massie, Health Promotion Specialist, for more information, or contact her by phone at 604-822-8762.

Please visit the WRAP website for mental health training and programs at the UBC Okanagan Campus.