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

NMT includes an online platform that provides guidance and support for UBC Ambassadors to roll-out digital toolkits and activities for employees and people managers. The online platform also includes learning tools and resources you can use to plan and implement the initiative. NMT can be integrated into your faculty, department or unit’s already existing mental health initiatives or rolled out any time of the year.

Register anytime for the Not Myself Today campaign!

If you are interested in becoming a NMT Ambassador for your workplace at UBC, start by completing the online registration form.

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.) Physical materials are provided at cost ($200-300 is typically enough to cover the key materials).

If you have questions or would like to order materials, please contact Crystal Hutchinson.

About NMT

Each year, NMT kicks off during Thrive at UBC, an annual event to help everyone at UBC discover their path to mental health.  Not Myself Today initiative was a strategic way for UBC workplaces to get involved with Thrive. See Module Details section below for more information about the 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.

Pick the module(s) that you think will be most engaging for your workplace: consider any past or existing campaigns, initiatives or projects you may already have in this area. If you plan to continue to use NMT materials throughout the year, consider implementing all the modules by re-engaging employees with a new module every 6-8 weeks!

 

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 Crystal Hutchinson at UBC Vancouver and Amanda Swoboda at UBC Okanagan.