Every year since 1951, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has hosted Mental Health Week in the first full week in May.
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is empathy, and in order to recognize this theme from May 2-8 the team at CMHA are encouraging Canadians to #GetReal about how to help. They have shared some helpful advice to help you think about empathy during mental health week:
- We may be different, but that doesn’t make us rivals.
- Let’s stop polarizing and start empathizing.
- Be there for each other when times are hard and be ready to listen.
- You don’t have to agree to understand, and you don’t have to fix it to help.
UBC Mental Health Resources
It has been quite a challenging few years with a lot of external uncertainty, a pandemic, new geopolitical tensions, inflation, and an ongoing reckoning with a colonial past that continues to cause suffering, it is no wonder there has been such a concerted effort to raise awareness of mental health supports.
UBC is a signatry to the Okanagan Charter and is working towards becoming a health promoting university. We have made a strategic commitment to advancing wellbeing for all, and during this year’s Mental Health Week we want to share a few the mental health supports offered to UBC faculty and staff, with the hope of raising awareness and literacy.
Before we list specific supports, we encourage you to visit the Mental Health landing page on the HR website, where you can navigate quickly to the different resources and programs we have available.
Upcoming Mental Health events
In support of Mental Health Week, our Workplace Wellbeing Learning Specialist Erica Altomare (BEd, MEd) will lead a two-part webinar to increase mental health literacy and provide the tools and skills to respond effectively to someone who might be experiencing a mental health crisis.
Employee and Family Assistance Program: LifeWorks
Have you accessed our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)? While some people are aware they can access counsellors through our EFAP – the articles, self-guided programs (like CareNow a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based program), and online assessments that are available through LifeWorks aren’t as well known. These supports, which are 100% paid for by UBC, are available on-demand to help bolster your mental health before you need to reach out for additional support from a health care professional.
To access LifeWorks
- Go to the UBC LifeWorks login page
- Log in with the Company Code: ubc
- You will then be redirected to a CWL page. Enter your login name, password, and multi-factor authentication
Mental health services through your extended benefits
If you are enrolled in UBC’s extended health benefits, you can seek support from registered/licensed clinical psychologists, or registered/licensed social workers, or clinical counsellors and they are 100% covered to a limit of $3,000 per year, per person based on reasonable and customary charges.
Support your team by becoming a Not Myself Today Ambassador
If you would like to take on a more active role in your team to share helpful mental health content including articles, podcasts, and other tools with your colleagues then you might consider joining the other 40+ Not Myself Today ambassadors across UBC.
Not Myself Today Ambassadors are champions for mental health, they encourage teams and colleagues to remain resilient in the face of our changing work environment, and they create a space for people to be honest about how they are feeling. We know people are busy, and we know some people don’t feel comfortable being seen as mental health experts. That is why Not Myself Today was developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association, to connect people and teams with resources, lesson plans, and direct support to help de-stigmatize mental health and foster a safe and supportive work environment.
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