Free Events: November 2020

There are a range of activities available, including Thrive, weekly meditations and wellbeing workshops. Register today! 

THRIVE MONTH AT UBC | NOVEMBER 1 30, 2020

Thrive is an annual series of events that offer UBC students, staff and faculty opportunities to explore pathways to mental health and find strategies that will help them thrive. Check out the Thrive Events Calendar for opportunities to build and maintain your mental health.

Highlights

Climate Anxiety Session | November 5, 2020, |3:00 pm 4:30 pm Join us for UBC Reads Sustainability featuring ‘A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety’ with discussion by author Sarah Jaquette Ray. Register online 

Virtual Recreation programming: Move more with lots of virtual physical activity programming throughout the month. 

Thrive 5+ Scavify Challenge:  Explore the Thrive 5+ (wherever you are), and win great prizes! 

IBPOC perspectives on Mental health and wellbeing | November 20, 2020, | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. This session will focus on IBPOC specific experiences as related to wellbeing, the challenges we face and explore opportunities to engage with and to maintain a wholistic sense of wellbeing and Thrive in the face of change. Register here

THRIVE MEDITATION WITH AISHA | 10 MINUTES FOR 10 DAYS ONLINE MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE | FALL COHORT STARTS: NOVEMBER 16, 2020 | 8:30 AM

Start your morning with 10 minutes of mindfulness for 10 work days! These free and live sessions are open to all UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into their morning routines to improve focus, manage stress, and increase feelings of connection towards others. Classes will be facilitator-led via zoom. Learn more and register for the challenge now.

30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Fall cohort starts: November 2, 2020

This free, innovative, evidence-based training is open to all UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. Content is delivered online via any device and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, participants will have the tools to be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work in a team. Learn more and register for the challenge now.

NOT MYSELF TODAY

UBC is an active participant of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Not Myself Today® (NMT) initiative. NMT is an evidence-informed initiative that aims to help employers and employees enhance mental health in the workplace by increasing awareness and understanding, reducing stigma and fostering safe and supportive work cultures.

We encourage you and your departments to consider joining our community of NMT Ambassadors to champion this initiative within UBC. By registering, you receive access to online resources prepared to inspire understanding and action for better workplace mental health.

FITTING IN MOVEMENT HOSTED BY UBC REC & UBC ERGONOMICS | NOVEMBER 26, 2020 |12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

In this one-hour webinar, you will learn about the health impacts of inactivity and easy strategies to Fit in Movement. We'll finish with a 15-minute light exercise routine that you can do at your desk. Register here

GET YOUR FLU SHOT THIS FALL  
 

It’s flu season and time for your annual flu shot! Wherever you work or live, you can use our list of resources to help you find a flu clinic near you. If you do not qualify for a free flu shot, you might be eligible for vaccine coverage through UBC Extended Health Plan. Visit the Getting your annual flu shot page to get more information.

The regular Vancouver campus clinics will not be taking place. For information on flu vaccinations on the Okanagan campus visit Health, safety and environment website.

Facilitated Webinars

QPR SUICIDE INTERVENTION TRAINING │ NOVEMBER 9, 2020│10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This training is an internationally recognized suicide intervention program designed to help you question, persuade and refer. These free sessions are open to UBC students, faculty and staff, and are aimed at helping them recognize 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. QPR is designed to act as an emergency mental health intervention in crisis situations. Learn more and register here.

POSITIVE COPING STRATEGIES │ NOVEMBER 16 & 23, 2020 │ 9:00 AM – 9:45 PM

We all have go-to habits that we turn to in times of high stress or challenge, but are these habits working for you or against you?  In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about concepts like resilience and coping while testing out coping practices that have been shown to support mental health and wellbeing. Learn more and register here.

STRESS RELAXATION TECHNIQUES │ NOVEMBER 19, 2020 │ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Our minds and bodies need rest and recovery breaks to allow us to relax and reduce the effects of stress. While everyone has days that are hectic and unfocused, consistently feeling stressed out, rushed, or on the go can have a detrimental impact on a person, increasing their risk of experiencing a serious physical concern, such as heart disease or stroke. This seminar will show participants how to make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques. Learn more and register here.

THE WORKING MIND: WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES │ NOVEMBER 20, 2020 (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) & NOVEMBER 30, 2020 (1:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Established by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Working Mind is an evidence-based training program designed to address and promote mental health and to reduce stigma in a workplace setting. It includes scenario-based practical applications, videos of people with lived experience of mental illness, participant reference guides, and related handouts. The program is available in two versions: one for employees and one for managers. We are offering an employee workshop in November.  A manager version is being planned for January 2021. Learn more and register here.

GETTING RESTFUL SLEEP │ NOVEMBER 27, 2020 │ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Sleep is critical to ensure maximum productivity. It increases your ability to concentrate and focus, allows you to approach challenges with a more positive attitude, and can have positive effects on your memory and health. Participants will learn about circadian rhythms and the impact that disrupting these key biological processes can have on their day-to-day activities and work. This seminar will also describe sleep’s vital role in maintaining health along with valuable and practical tips and strategies that participants can apply to get quality, restful sleep and stay alert. Learn more and register here.

Self-Guided Webinars

UNDERSTANDING YOUR UBC BENEFITS (ON-DEMAND WEBINAR), OPEN ENROLLMENT

Learn which benefits you are eligible for, the cost and coverage of your benefit, how to make claims using your benefits, what the Employee and Family Assistance Plan offers and how to access these resources, and who to contact if you have questions. The course, presented by the Health, Wellbeing and Benefits department, is open to staff and faculty at UBC Vancouver and Okanagan. Access Understanding your UBC benefits plan. 

SELF-CARE 101 (SELF-GUIDED WEBINAR), OPEN ENROLLMENT

Join this unique, self-guided course and learn how to increase mental health literacy through self-care. Take a stress index, explore what self-care means to you and identify key UBC resources that can be engaged to support work-life integration and positive mental health. Access the webinar.

WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE (SELF-GUIDED WEBINAR), OPEN ENROLLMENT

Now more than ever, wellbeing is playing a crucial role in both our work lives and personal lives. In order to work well, we have to be well, and understanding the importance of wellbeing within the context of the workplace is a great place to start. Learn more and register now.

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