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Mental + Emotional Well-Being

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Empathy is a key component of emotional intelligence and those who practice empathy tend to be happier and attract friends more easily. In the workplace, empathy leads to more engagement, encourages innovation, and increases cooperation. Research singles out empathy as a force for productivity, life-work integration, and positive work experiences.

Homewood Health will be hosting a webinar focused on developing empathy within the workplace. 

Click to sign up for a webinar

Homewood Services

Homeweb is an innovative online platform that offers members access to personalized health and wellness tools, resources, and support when they want it — anywhere, anytime. Information on how to access services.

  • 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.
  • E-Courses available through Homewood include:
    • Taking Control of Stress
    • Resilience and Life Smart Coaching
  • Life Smart Coaching: Call 1-800-663-1142 to access lifestyle, health, career and specialty coaching, topics include:
    • childcare, parenting, new parent support 
    • elder, family care and grief and loss support
    • pre-retirement planning and financial consultation
    • legal advisory
    • relationship solutions
    • smoking cessation
    • weight Loss, weight management and nutritional counselling
    • career coaching and workplace issue counselling

Learn About Your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP):

  • Sign up at this website to attend a live orientation to your EFAP: Held biweekly on Wednesdays at 10AM PT, this virtual orientation to the EFAP 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.
  • Sign-up for a leader-focused EFAP orientation available to VIU People Leaders.
  • Read a  quick guide on getting to know your EFAP

Mental Health Support Services

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.
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MindWell U is a full suite of evidence-based mindfulness resources for VIU employees, to reduce stress, improve mental health, and have better focus. Check out Studio Be live webinars and drop-in guided mindfulness sessions. Explore The Well, a library of 200+ on-demand resources. Experience the many lasting benefits of being Mindful-in-Action. Learn more through this short video.

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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.

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. 

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 on Homeweb.

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366

Positive Space: Addressing Discrimination and Harassment Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Evidence-Based Anxiety Relief with 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.

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Learn more about the seven pillars of self-care.The International Self-Care Foundation has developed a multi-language framework for self-care around seven ‘pillars’ or ‘domains’. 

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

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