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 has three main goals:

  • Build greater awareness
  • Reduce stigma
  • Foster safe and supportive culture

Registration now closed for NMT 2019

Note: Registration to run NMT during Thrive has closed, but if your workplace is keen to participate in November and you have reviewed all the following NMT information, please contact Melissa Baker.

Please remember that 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 you and your workplace mental health and wellbeing. Learn more by visiting the HR Mental Health page and the Mental Health + Resilience priority area of the UBC Wellbeing Framework.

About NMT 2019

Each year, NMT kicks off during Thrive at UBC, an annual event to help everyone at UBC discover their path to mental health.  Thrive is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the Not Myself Today initiative is an excellent way to get involved with Thrive. You can use NMT to inspire positive mental health in your workplace, or integrate NMT with your existing plans during Thrive. See Module Details section below for more information about this year’s initiative.

Before you register (and to help with planning):

Connect with your colleagues and department manager/supervisor to determine how you would like to engage with NMT. You can keep it very simple or do more based on the following considerations:

  • Size of your department, unit or faculty
  • How your faculty and staff members work, where they are distributed at UBC, and how you engage with them (e.g. in person, online, by email)
  • 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 workplace champion(s) or committee to plan, implement, and oversee the initiative

Select your NMT module

NMT provides physical and digital toolkits and resources that workplaces can use to break down barriers to make mental health literacy accessible to all employees. This year, NMT is offering themed modules to help participants focus their workplace mental health efforts.

Whether you are new to Not Myself Today or a previous partner, you’ll need to decide which module(s) you would like to implement. Use your responses to the above list of considerations to help you decide on 1 to 2 module(s) for your workplace. If you continue NMT beyond Thrive, you can select more modules at that time.

Note: For the UBC Vancouver campus, we have a limited number of physical (offline) NMT materials. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on module requests. Materials were distributed the week of Oct. 14, 2019.

For UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, if you have budget to purchase your own materials, contact Melissa Baker.

All registered NMT partners will be able to access digital and printable materials and activities provided through notmyselftoday.ca. (Login details will be provided to those who register.)

Module Details

2019 NMT Planner & Modules. Click to see info sheet.

Module 1: Mental Health and Mental Illness 101

Purpose:

  • Introduces a basic understanding of – and lay the foundation for – a mentally healthy workplace
  • Aims to increase our understanding of what mental health and illness are, and also what they are not
  • Learn how to be more comfortable when talking about our own mental health
  • Be more supportive and sensitive to those facing challenges

Takeaways:

  • Recognize common risk factors and causes
  • Bust myths and challenge biases
  • Know where to find the right support

Online Support Materials:

  • Facts of the Matter Quiz, Video, Resource Sheet (downloadable)

Module 2: Talking About Mental Health

Purpose:

  • Talking about our challenges opens up opportunities for others to support us and create stronger social networks
  • Encourages others to open up about challenges they may be facing and seek the support they need

Takeaways:

  • Make it easier to start conversations and support each other
  • Create a culture of openness at work

Online Support Materials:

  • Let’s Get Talking, Video, Resource Sheet (downloadable)

Print Materials (subject to availability):

  • Let’s Get Talking Card Pack (manager and employee version)

Module 3: Managing Your Mood

Purpose:

  • Happy, sad, anxious, relaxed – these moods are part of who we are
  • How we deal with moods is an important factor that contributes to good mental health – and helps us behave professionally in any given situation

Takeaways:

  • Recognize, understand and manage your moods
  • Use some simple tools to better regulate them

Online Support Materials:

  • Mood Meter, Mood Stickers, Video, Resource Sheet (downloadable)

Print Materials (subject to availability):

  • Mood Buttons (stop and think activity)

Module 4: Practicing Positivity

Purpose:

  • Practicing positivity is about more than simply trying to be positive all the time; it’s acknowledging that life is full of both negative and positive experiences, with an intentional focus on the “good” versus the “bad.”

Takeaways:

  • Feel more optimistic
  • Build social relationships
  • Create a culture of kindness

Online Support Materials:

  • Q&A Corner Questions, Kindness Cards, Mission: Possible Activity, Video, Resource Sheet (downloadable)

Print Materials (subject to availability):

  • Q&A Corner Questions, Kindness Cards

Module 5: Stress and Resilience

Purpose:

  • Not all stress is bad stress
  • “Positive stress” can propel learning, growth, and achievement at work
  • “Negative stress” is the type we want to address
  • Learn to identify, manage and reduce negative stress at work

Takeaways:

  • Build greater resilience to help protect against the effects of stressful environments
  • Be better equipped to cope with stress that comes up

Online Support Materials:

  • Mindful Moments Audio, Mindful Moment Activity, Team Stress-Busting Activity, Tips to De-stress at Work, Video: Understanding Stress and Building Resilience

Module 6: Emotional Intelligence

Purpose:

  • Emotional intelligence (EI) is the capacity to identify, understand, and work with one’s own emotions and those of others
  • Learn and strengthen your EI

Takeaways:

  • Those with high EI are more engaged and have improved performance, are perceived in a better light by peers, and demonstrate superior leadership skills
  • Personal benefits include greater wellbeing, better mental health, greater stress tolerance and resilience, and greater leadership potential
  • Extends to building relationships; helps us act more cooperatively, with a stronger ability to manage and resolve conflict

Online Support Materials:

  • Emotional Intelligence Activity, Activity Sheet (digital), Video

Print Materials (subject to availability):

  • Emotional Intelligence Card Pack, Activity Sheet

For more information

If you have any questions, concerns, or need advice on how to be involved, please contact Melissa Baker at UBC Vancouver and Amanda Swoboda at UBC Okanagan.