Many of us are adjusting to changes in our 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.
What you can do to support your mental health during COVID-19
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General mental health resources
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 overall mental health and those that make it more challenging for us to cope with challenges. The resources below are a good place to start.
The following resources 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 ways to talk about mental health issues in the workplace.
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
- Staying at work/returning to 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