Oct. 28, 2019

Staff Wellness workshops support your mental health

Make your mental health a priority and register for workshops designed for you and your role as a UCalgary employee

Positive or negative, personal or professional, change can make it difficult to maintain good mental health. And so far, 2019 has served up a fair share of change to the UCalgary community.

Any time is the right time to get proactive about your mental health and resiliency — take advantage of the free Staff Wellness workshops regularly offered throughout the year. Staff Wellness has even added a limited-time offering for managers, Leadership Strategies for Supporting Mental Health by Homewood Health.

Amanda Habiak, mental health consultant with Staff Wellness, says the upcoming workshops are filled with valuable information, tools and strategies designed to help the UCalgary community navigate elements of mental health that can affect work and personal life.

“Our workshops are for everyone,” says Habiak. “We all have mental health, so we should all try to understand it and learn to support it.”

All Staff Wellness workshops are customized for employees and leaders so the information is as relevant as possible. Here’s what’s coming up in the next couple of months:

Mental Health workshops for faculty and staff

The Working Mind for Employees

Nov. 22 | 8:30 a.m. – noon | MS 733
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Since The Working Mind workshops were launched at UCalgary three years ago, more than 400 UCalgary managers and employees have taken advantage of this opportunity to increase awareness and reduce stigma around mental illness. 

Open to all faculty and staff, this workshop will help you:

  • recognize signs and symptoms in yourself and others
  • reduce stigma and negative attitudes
  • support colleagues with mental health problems
  • maintain your own mental health and improve your resilience

The Working Mind workshop for employees is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

The Working Mind for Employees - Booster

Nov. 26 | 1 - 3 p.m. | MS 733
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If you’ve already taken The Working Mind for Employees, this booster session will help you build on the strategies you developed in The Working Mind Employee Workshop.

Building Personal Resilience Workshop

Nov. 6 and Dec. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m. | MS 733
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This workshop explores emotional, social, and physical wellness to help you learn strategies that will increase your personal resilience. Better prepare yourself to navigate everyday activities and to deal with challenges, setbacks and change in your work and personal life.

Workshops for Managers

The Working Mind for Managers

Dec. 10 | 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |MS 733
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Since The Working Mind workshops were launched at UCalgary three years ago, more than 400 UCalgary managers and employees have taken advantage of this opportunity to increase awareness and reduce stigma around mental illness. 

Open to all leaders on campus, this workshop will help you:

  • ensure you have the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees with mental illness
  • recognize the effects of the stigma of mental illness and attempt to reduce its impact
  • recognize signs and symptoms in yourself and others
  • reduce stigma and negative attitudes
  • support colleagues with mental health problems
  • maintain your own mental health and improve your resilience

The manager workshop is part of the UManage program.

The Working Mind Manager Booster

Nov. 28 | 1- 3 p.m. | MS 733
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If you’ve already taken The Working Mind for Managers, this booster session will help you build on the strategies you developed in The Working Mind Employee Workshop.

Leadership Strategies for Supporting Mental Health
 

Nov. 6 and 18 | 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | EDC 287 
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Take advantage of this limited offering of Leadership Strategies for Supporting Mental Health from Homewood Health. The workshop is an excellent complement to the Working Mind Workshop for managers, which Staff Wellness offers throughout the year. 

The full-day training program is for people leaders to develop awareness and skills around supporting employee mental health, and how to build a resilient workplace. Leaders will practise strategies to manage complex employee situations when mental health may be a factor. With a focus on creating a culture of collaboration and support, the program teaches techniques to empower employees to perform at their best. 

Wellness Workshops for students

Students can self-register for Wellness Workshops offered each week that address various aspects of well-being, including:

  • Motivation and Time Management
  • Discover Your Self-care
  • Move Over Anxiety
  • Holistic Ways of Well-being

Students dealing with anxiety can also be referred to Confront the Discomfort, facilitated by CMHA – Calgary. The group runs Nov. 5 to 19 and students can register online.