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:
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.
Additional learning opportunities: Mental Health 101, a free online course from the Centre for Addiction and 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.
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.
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 https://covid19.ubc.ca/ 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.
- Stay informed and up to date through the Healthy UBC Newsletter
- Tools to assess your current state of mental health
- LinkedIn Learning online course: Thriving @ Work – wellbeing and productivity
- Strategies for building your mental health
- Mindfulness at UBC
- The Not Myself Today Initiative
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.
- Free counselling services for you or your family
- Psychological services provisions with extended benefits
- Counselling for student staff members
- Talking with your manager about your mental health
- Taking a leave from work in the event of a mental health issue
- Seeking support from advocacy groups:
- Short- and long-term leaves to address a mental health issue
- Bullying and harassment in the workplace
- First-person accounts from others who have managed mental health issues in the workplace
- Financial options if you are off work, including EI Sickness Benefits and CPP Disability Benefits
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.
- Building mental health: Tools and resources for managers, heads and deans
- Building mental health: Tools and resources for staff and faculty
- Building mental health: Tools and resources for HR professionals
- Mindfulness & Meditation
- Not Myself Today
- Mental health training programs and on-demand workshops
- Helping staff and faculty in distress
Phone: 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212
Active Plan Group Number: 025205
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number
Retirement & Survivor Benefits Plan Group Number: 020605
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number
Call the Morneau Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 to chat with a counsellor.