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Your Mental Well-Being

Employee and Family Assistance Program available 24/7
Counselling - Visit HomewoodHealth or call 1-800-663-1142


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Nutrition: A Foundation for Mental Resilience

Improve what you eat and you’ll improve how you feel! Join our webinar on April 14 at 10am PST with Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, author of The Better Brain and one of 150 Canadian Difference Makers in Mental Health! We’ll learn how nutrition affects brain function and how improving our diets can help us feel less stress, more joy and peak performance. Register here or login to sign up for this webinar and access the many resources available to VIU employees through MindWell U. 

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COVID-10: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue, Self-Care Strategies - Webinar

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it prolongs the need to maintain physical distancing practices in tandem with adherence to lockdown protocols restricting in-person interactions in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus. While these measure help to keep our communities, families and workplaces safe, it brings with it unique challenges such as loss of routines, isolation fatigue and loneliness. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care strategies and to nurture the positive relationships and connections in our lives. Homewood Health is hosting a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 13, 7-8 pm PST focused on increasing participants’ awareness and understanding of the psychological impacts of isolation and loneliness while highlighting factors that can promote and preserve their health and well-being during the pandemic and beyond. 

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i-Volve is a web-based solution designed to treat employees and their families struggling with anxiety and/or mild depression. i-Volve will help you to identify, challenge and overcome anxious thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Register on to access i-Volve.

Homewood e-AP is a user-friendly application that includes access to tools and resources on HomeWeb, access to i-Volve Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety, and access to HomeChat (live chat).

E-Courses available through Homewood Health: Taking Control of Stress and Resilience.

Life Smart Coaching by Homewood Health– Coaching Resource

Did you know that Homewood Health offers so much more than counselling? Call 1-800-663-1142 to access lifestyle, health, career and specialty coaching, covered under your VIU benefits. Life Smart coaching topics include:

Childcare and Parenting  / New Parent Support  Elder and Family Care / Financial Consultation / Legal Advisory / Relationship Solutions / Smoking Cessation / Weight Loss and Weight Management / Nutritional Counselling / Career Coaching / Workplace Issue Counselling / Pre-Retirement Planning / Grief and Loss Support

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MindWell U: Now a full suite of evidence-based mindfulness resources for VIU employees, for stress reduction, improved mental health, and better focus. Check out Studio Be live webinars and drop-in guided mindfulness sessions. Explore The Well, a library of 200+ on-demand resources. Try the 30-day MindWell Challenge or the 5-day Mini MindWell Challenge, on your own or with a buddy. Experience the many lasting benefits of being Mindful-in-Action. Learn more through this short video.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health offers Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide information and suggestions about coping strategies and resources to manage your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stronger Minds by BEACON—sponsored by Manulife and Green Shield Canada—is a program available to support Canadians through the pandemic. Participants have access to daily guidance from a team of clinical psychologists. You are provided with resources to help you learn how to protect your mental well-being during these turbulent times using videos, quick reads and resilience-building activities. This resource is free to all Canadians.

MindShift™ CBT—a doctor and counsellor recommended free app by Anxiety Canada for iOS and Android devices. Get the tools to tackle worry, panic, perfectionism, anxiety and phobias.

Workplace Solutions for Mental Health Training - This online course can be completed at your own pace and will take about 3 hours to complete. Learn more about mental illness, factors contributing to mental illness, performance concerns related to mental illness, accommodations, reducing stigma, preparing for an employee's return to work and managing a crisis.

Live Orientation to Your EFAP - Webinar. Held biweekly on Wednesdays at 10AM PT, this live, virtual orientation to the Employee and Family Assistance Program with Homewood Health is open to VIU employees. For an overview of your EFAP and the wide-ranging resources available to you and your immediate family members, register here. For VIU people leaders, register for your leader-focused orientation here.

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The 5 Minute Exercise Routine to Improve Mental Health - Article

According to the Canadian Psychological Association, physical activity can have several positive health effects on mental health including: reduced stress, fatigue, and feelings of sadness or loneliness; helping to prevent depression and anxiety disorders; increased self-esteem, academic performance, sleep quality and more. This article from MoveSafe explains the Mental Health Continuum and how incorporating even 5 minutes of physical activity several times a day can help both our mental and physical well-being.

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The 7 Types of Rest That Every Person Needs – Article and TEDx Talk
Have you ever tried to fix an ongoing lack of energy by getting more sleep—only to do so and still feel exhausted? If that’s you, here’s the secret: Sleep and rest are not the same thing, although many of us incorrectly confuse the two. Read this article and/or watch the video to learn the real reason we are tired and what to do about it.

Switching Off After Work Working from home? Try these tips for switching off after work and put the home back into WFH (article at The Guardian).

At Here-to-Help you will find quality information, learn new skills, and connect with key resources in BC. Explore strategies to help you take care of your mental health and use substances in healthier ways, find the information you need to manage mental health and substance use problems, and learn how you can support a loved one.

FETCHProtecting Your Mental Health, is a list of mid-Island resources from the Canadian Mental Health Association to help you maintain your mental health during COVID-19.

Wellness Together Canada: provides mental health and substance use support to all Canadians suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis.  

BCcampus has created a website with mental health supports for those in the BC public post-secondary sector who may be experiencing feelings of heightened anxiety, stress and isolation. In partnership with experts across the province, BCcampus will host webinars on topics like effective online learning, mental health, and resilience. Please visit Adapting to COVID-19 to learn more.

Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder – On-Demand Webinar  During this one-hour pre-recorded webinar, you will increase awareness of seasonal affective disorder and the importance of being able to recognize symptoms. Learn ways to determine if you or someone you know may be suffering from seasonal depression and/or anxiety. Learn strategies to manage seasonal depression and anxiety, and increase well-being and effectiveness during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. To access this and many other Homewood Health resources, please register or login at

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Contact Homewood Health

Employee and Family Assistance Program available 24/7
Counselling: call 1-800-663-1142 or visit Homewood Health online.

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