Building mental health: Tools and resources for staff and faculty

What You Can Do to Support your Mental Health during COVID-19

Many of us are adjusting to remote work, uncertainty, and disruptions to our personal lives.  As we navigate these unprecedented times, it is important to consider ways to support your mental health and resilience.  The resources and links below are updated regularly.

Here are tips for coping and support:

Stay connected

Try to stay in contact with your colleagues and supervisors.  During remote work, team collaboration and communication can become disconnected. Look for opportunities to stay connected and share concerns and questions through a variety of communication channels. Have patience with yourself as you adapt to new technologies. 

Recognize the impact of isolation

Working remotely and physical distancing can lead to isolation and loneliness. Pay attention to significant changes in yourself, as it may be a sign that you are struggling to cope. If you become concerned, consider taking this Isolation Self-Assessment to learn more.

Care for yourself and encourage others to do the same

Stay informed by accessing a few reliable sources of evidence-based information, but limit media consumption.  Be active. Calm your mind. Take your lunch break. Practice self-care strategies and encourage colleagues to do the same.

We suggest trying the Mental Health First Aid and The Working Mind Self-Care and Resilience Guides or consider enrolling in UBC’s Self-Care 101 online course (self-guided in Canvas).

Additional learning opportunities:  Mental Health 101, a free online course from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Working to support students? Access UBC resources here, or consider taking More Feet on the Ground, an online course for supporting student mental health (Campus Mental Health) .

Access resources to enhance your mental health

Awareness of key resources and services available to support mental health and resilience is a great place to start. See below for general UBC mental health resources.

Don’t forget that you still have access to ongoing programs such as the Not Myself Today Initiative (online mental health modules) and the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge.

Consider taking an online Mental Health Check-in through the Canadian Mental Health Association

Acknowledge that work will be impacted

It takes time to adjust to a new way of working and being. Certain aspects of work may slow down while others may speed up, priorities may shift, and people might be experiencing additional caregiving responsibilities. Remember that everyone is experiencing this together and can support one another.

Tips to support mental health while working remotely.

Tips for working remotely with children at home and supports for caregivers.

How to build a respectful online work environment.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information and updates on COVID-19 and UBC’s response. Visit for useful FAQs and resources for UBC faculty, staff and students.

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General UBC Mental Health Resources

The resources listed below are from both UBC and external organizations, and they address some of the most common questions people have about:

  • understanding and building their own mental health,
  • where to find support, including counselling, and
  • talking about mental health issues in the workplace.

There are many things you can do to make your mental health a priority. The first step is often better understanding the factors that contribute to our mental health and those that make it more challenging for us to cope with challenges. The resources below are a good place to start.

UBC Resources

External Resources

Getting support for mental health issues

There are many resources available to help you with the challenges you are facing. For example, through your UBC Benefit Plan, you have access to free and confidential counselling on a range of topics.

You might also be looking for support for a colleague, friend or family member who is struggling with various issues. Read more about helping staff and faculty in distress.

The UBC Reach Out page contains both UBC and external mental health resources for all campus audiences.

UBC Resources

External resources

External resources are not produced by UBC and UBC is not responsible for the content. Links are intended to educate but not to replace UBC policies or procedures.