Mental health training programs and on-demand workshops

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
Click here to request this 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
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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
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Enhancing Workplace Wellbeing at UBC

Health, namely mental health, has become a topic of significant interest and concern. UBC is taking a lead in advancing wellbeing and a collaborative effort is underway to make the University a better place to live, work and learn through a systems-wide approach to wellbeing across our campuses.

This session will explore the strategies, tools and resources available to support your individual wellbeing as an employee. Using the Okanagan Charter and the National Voluntary Psychological Health and Safety Standards as a framework for action, there will also be an opportunity to discuss and learn about how workplace wellbeing can be enhanced through our everyday interactions, practices and operations.

Audience: Staff and faculty.
Time: 1 Hour
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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
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Understanding Mental Health Challenges

Understanding mental health can be difficult. Learning how to support 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 to better understand mental health and mental illness
  • Understand structural and social stigma as barriers to seeking help
  • Learn how to respond when concerned about a family member, friend or colleague

Audience: Staff and faculty, particularly those in front-facing or first-responder roles.
Time: 1.5 Hours
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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
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The Working Mind

This workshop is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting.  It includes scenario-based practical applications and custom videos of people with lived experience of mental illness, participant reference guides, and related handouts.

It is available both for supervisors and managers as well as faculty and staff.

Manager’s training also includes:

  • About workplace accommodations and return to work
  • How to observe changes in employees along the continuum and appropriate actions to take
  • How to communicate with employees about mental health illness in a workplace context

Audience: Staff, faculty, managers and supervisors.
Time: Full Day (managers and supervisors); Half Day (staff and faculty)
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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
Visit the HR training catalog for information about the next session.

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.