Not Myself Today

UBC is committed to building mentally healthy workplaces where all employees can thrive. Since 2015, we have been an active participant of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Not Myself Today® (NMT) initiative.

 

NMT is an evidence-informed, practical solution to help employers like UBC transform mental health at work. This workplace mental health initiative helps to build greater awareness, reduce stigma, and foster safe and supportive cultures. NMT provides physical and digital toolkits and resources that workplaces can use to break down barriers and make mental health literacy accessible to all employees.

Each year, NMT kicks off during UBC’s Thrive Week, but NMT can be integrated into your department, unit or faculty’s mental health initiatives any time of the year. There are also many other resources available to support your own mental health and wellbeing.

Registration for Thrive 2018 is  closed

This year, Thrive Week takes place Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. The Not Myself Today initiative is an excellent way for UBC faculty and staff to get involved with Thrive Week. You can use NMT to inspire positive mental health in your workplace, or integrate NMT with your existing plans during Thrive Week. Review this Not Myself Today guide for some suggested activities and ideas.

We encourage you to connect with your colleagues and department manager/supervisor to determine how you would like to engage with NMT. To help ensure a successful implementation, consider the following:

  • Size of your department, unit or faculty
  • How your faculty and staff members work and are distributed at UBC
  • Your capacity, time and resources available to lead or participate
  • The expected engagement level within your department, unit or faculty
  • How NMT integrates with your existing mental health supports
  • Designating a Department Champion(s) to plan and implement, and a People Manager to build capacity, advocate, and advise to create a mentally healthy workplace

Whether you are new to Not Myself Today, or a previous NMT partner ready to expand your level of engagement, please refer to the menu below and submit your NMT toolkit request by Sep. 26, 2018. Toolkits will be distributed the week of Oct. 15, 2018.

Note: We have a limited number of physical NMT toolkits and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. All registered NMT partners can also access a digital toolkit provided through www.notmyselftoday.ca. For more information and login details, please email melissa.lafrance@ubc.ca.

Level 1: UBC Okanagan and first-time partners

Available to:

  • All UBC Okanagan department, unit and faculty partners
  • First-time NMT partners
  • Those hosting NMT at a different time of year from Thrive (e.g. Mental Health Week in May)

Your NMT toolkit includes:

  • Free download and access to NMT’s digital toolkit, which includes planning support, implementation guides, customizable communications, and awareness/engagement tools and materials

Level 2: Up to 30 participants

Available to:

  • Previous Not Myself Today partners
  • Small departments, units, faculties with up to 30 participants
  • Departments, units, faculties with limited capacity or resources

Your NMT toolkit includes:

  • Free download and access to NMT’s digital toolkit, which includes planning support, implementation guides, customizable communications, and awareness/engagement tools and materials
  • Selection of print materials to support your engagement efforts

Level 3: Up to 100 participants

Available to:

  • Previous Not Myself Today partners
  • Medium-size departments, units, faculties with 60 – 100 participants
  • Departments, units, faculties with a team of organizers/champions and additional resources

Your NMT toolkit includes:

  • Free download and access to NMT’s digital toolkit, which includes planning support, implementation guides, customizable communications, and awareness/engagement tools and materials
  • Selection of print materials to support your engagement efforts

Level 4: Over 100 participants

Available to:

  • Previous Not Myself Today partners
  • Large departments, units, faculties with over 100 participants
  • Departments, units, faculties with a team of organizers/champions and additional resources

Your NMT toolkit includes:

  • Free download and access to NMT’s digital toolkit, which includes planning support, implementation guides, customizable communications, and awareness/engagement tools and materials
  • Special tools and activities, including emotional intelligence card deck, express yourself card game, and 52-week positivity at work prompts
  • Selection of print materials to support your engagement efforts

Interested in participating after Thrive?

If you have any questions about Not Myself Today, or would like to access online resources for ongoing mental health promotion within your unit, please contact Miranda Massie at miranda.massie@ubc.ca.