Each week, updates from public health at the provincial and regional levels continue to give everyone in BC a renewed sense of optimism that we are overcoming the pandemic. With a successful vaccination program underway, a reduction in hospitalizations, and case counts dropping in intensive care units we continue to see positive improvements. Because of this, some of the more restrictive public health measures affecting our personal and professional lives will be relaxed while other prevention and control measures remain in place. Everyone will be coping with change as we move towards more social situations, changes to schooling, and potentially returning to our places of work.
It can be helpful during this time to get support to navigate through these changes.
Free online group counselling offered by our Employee and Family Assistance Program
We encourage you to use our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) supports offered by LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell, see the feature story in Benefits FYI for more information). They are free and can be a source of support during challenging times.
LifeWorks offers three support groups:
You will need to use the company code "University of British Columbia" when you click through to these services.
Anxiety support group: 40% of Canadians have stated that their mental health has declined since the COVID-19 pandemic started.1 This group has been created to support you with any anxiety you may be experiencing due to the pandemic.
Parenting support group: Parenting during COVID-19 may have brought new and unique challenges to your family. This group is designed to support you in parenting your school-age child through the pandemic.
Communication support group: COVID-19 can put a strain on relationships. This group assists with communication and conflict resolution within couples, family or work.
- Benefits FYI