Mental Health Week: May 3-9, 2021

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s 70th annual Canadian Mental Health Week supports with communities, schools and workplaces to celebrate, promote and protect mental health because mental health is something we can promote and protect, not just something we can lose. This year’s theme is understanding our emotions.

Recognizing, labeling our feelings promotes good mental health and emotional literacy. We are better able to manage our emotions when we recognize and/or name them. Because emotions are felt in the body, they can sometimes be difficult to name. The emotions wheel can help you pinpoint the emotion you are feelings.

Putting a name to feelings is called affect labeling. When people put their feelings and thoughts about upsetting experiences into language, their physical and mental health often improve. Writing about our feelings can reduce physician visits and positively influence our immune function. Writing can also reduce cortisol (stress) levels and negative mood states.

Find out more about the physical and mental health impacts of emotions on the Canadian Mental Health Week website.

UBC resources

Visit the Workplace Learning Portal (WPL) to find more scheduled and recorded webinars and workshops on a variety of topics.

UBC and employee funded benefits

  • BCGEU Okanagan and  CUPE 2950 and M&P (Vancouver) employee  benefits include  $2500  per year for registered/licensed clinical psychologists, or registered/licensed social workers, or clinical counsellors who are active members of a provincial association which is approved by Sun Life. Read the benefits booklet for your employee group for limitations and more information:  UBC extended health benefits
  • UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) plan members and their dependents can contact Lifeworks by Morneau Shepell at 1-800-387-4765

Community resources

2019 ES Wellness Afternoon Wrap-Up

Another Wellness Afternoon has come and gone. Check out the
ES Events page on ES Connected, which is the new home for all our ES Vancouver event photos (including Wellness Afternoon), dating back to 2014.

2019 ES Wellness Afternoon might have been our best yet, thanks to a record number of ES-lead sessions. We are fortunate to have had so many talented and generous colleagues volunteer their time to lead a wide variety of fun activities.

A huge thank you goes to:

  • Jessika Baroi
  • Oana Toma
  • Jason Kwok
  • Adrian Lee Chuy
  • Cassie Dominic
  • Joseph Dubec
  • Jon Tsang
  • Stephanie Oldford
  • Tara Drage
  • Christoper Eaton
  • Alana Shramm
  • Katja Clark
  • Alex Lau
  • Annie Yim
  • Stephanie LePage
  • Selene Buendia
  • Cara Low
  • Jin Lee
  • Ariel Lee
  • Verina Zhang
  • Cicy Guimond

We’d also like to express our sincere thanks to the many individuals who offered to help set-up, clean-up, move tables, and provide general assistance to Ashley and Coby during the event. We apologize if we’ve missed anyone in the following list, which only includes those we asked to help. Many others volunteered, but the number of volunteers exceeded our need for assistance.

Thank you for volunteering to help ES Wellness Afternoon run smoothly:

  • Shawn Chang
  • John Bryant
  • Richard Ho
  • Paul Poole
  • Scottford Price
  • Claudio Storelli
  • Christine Williams
  • Judy McGuigan
  • Alvin Oh
  • Raymond Kaan
  • Andrew Arida
  • Paola Baca
  • Defne Corbacioglu
  • Zenia Ferreira
  • Melissa Carr
  • Lena Ignatovich
  • Natasha Latter
  • Debbie Lin
  • Xin Lu
  • Heather Mitchell
  • Erica Shimizu
  • Cheryl Tyler

Donate to support Period Promise

Nobody should have to pick between feeding their family and being able to afford basic hygiene products.

But nearly 1 in 4 Canadian women have struggled to buy period products for themselves or their children. Period Promise is a United Way Campaign to help vulnerable people live with the dignity we all deserve.

Join us between March 7 and April 4, 2019 by taking action and helping to provide period products to those in need throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

How can you help?

If you would like to personally donate menstrual products or give financial support to the Period Promise campaign, you can:

1. Donate to the campaign or purchase product online: click here

2. Drop off products in the collection boxes around Brock hall or at any of these collections points on the UBC Vancouver Campus:

  • UBC United Way Office,  Monday to Friday between 8:00am – 4:30pm, located at 2029 West Mall – Ponderosa B, 2nd Floor [MAP]
  • AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)at the AMS Nest, everyday betwen 8:00am-10:00 pm, located on the 3rd floor in room 3127 [MAP]

Did you know that the SASC provides free menstrual products to students who need them?

Questions? Please contact us at or 604 822 8929 or speak to our very own, United Way champion, Paola Baca.

Paola is currently recruiting members for this year’s United Way Campaign Committee. Let her know if you are interested in joining the team!


UBCO: Register for Staff & Faculty Sports Day 2019

Reposted from HR Health Promotions

Whether you want to participate as an office, department, group of colleagues or an individual, there’s an activity designed for everyone.  Teams to consist of 4-6 individuals will be asked to complete a minimum number of challenges. If you are registering as an individual you will be placed on a team to complete the challenges.

Register for Sports Day 2019

Get Involved and Volunteer!

Volunteers are an essential part of Sports Day, and critical to the event’s success. If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, please email Lyndsay Arnot at  We appreciate your support!