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Mental and Emotional Well-Being

 Thrive Here

Pathfinder Suite

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Homewood Health’s website is now the Homewood Pathfinder Suite for all VIU employees and dependent family members. The Pathfinder Suite is your seamless and simplified online EFAP solution, delivering optimal and uniquely curated journeys, featuring:

  • Homewood PulseCheck – By using the PulseCheck slider, you will receive resource recommendations tailored to your responses.
  • Homewood Pathfinder Journeys – Choosing Homewood Pathfinder leads you through a series of questions to customize your service recommendations based on your unique needs and preferences.
  • Online Booking – Based on your path, you may be encouraged to make an appointment with a counsellor. You will see a list of counsellor names and bios, including their availability so you can book your appointment online or via telephone (1.800.663.1142). 
  • MeetNow – When appropriate, qualified professional counselling support may be available instantly for a single session through MeetNow. 
  • My Dashboard – It’s a place to start new Pathfinder journeys, access resources, check-in on counselling appointments or  browse the resources on Homeweb.

To access the Pathfinder Suite:

  • Customer Account Name: Vancouver Island University
  • Invitation Code: BCI714 [note: 3 CAPITAL letters followed by 3 numbers]

See the Pathfinder Fact Sheet and brochure for full details. 

Exploring Mindfulness

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 live webinars and drop-in guided mindfulness sessions. Explore a library of 200+ on-demand resources. You can experience the many lasting benefits of being Mindful-in-Action. Learn more through this short video of Mindful-in-Action.

Mental Health Supports

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Learn about the different types of counselling supports available through Homewood Health in this Counselling Overview.

Reaching out for help can be difficult. This information sheet summarizes what you can expect when you call the Homewood Health client services centre.  

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Online Therapy by Homewood Health

Homewood Health launched Sentio an internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy solution app, available through Apple and Google Play. Sentio helps improve your mental health, and reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety with the proven methods of cognitive therapy. Work through treatment goals such as stress management, managing depressive thoughts, improving sleep and coping with panic— at your own pace. View more information about this resource.  

Create an account with the VIU employee invitation code: BCI714 (note: 3 capital letters, 3 numbers).

Create a Sentio account

Mental Health Training

The Mental Health Training course will help equip all employees with tools to support mental wellness in the workplace. Designed for leaders but useful for everyone, this 4-part online, on-demand course is available at no cost. The online course focuses on workplace strategies that support mental health:

  1. Mental health concerns in the Canadian workplace 
  2. Managing mental health concerns in the workplace 
  3. Supporting employee success 
  4. Organizational strategies for supporting mental health

 The modules review real workplace situations and employee/employer interactions. Obtain the skills and information you need to support workplace mental wellness. Click here to start the training.

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 about the real reason we are tired and what to do about it. Watch the accompanying video.

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.

Wellness Together Canada: provides mental health and substance use support to all Canadians. Meet PocketWell, the new companion app to Wellness Together Canada. You can use it to complete your self-assessment and access Wellness Together Canada resources from your mobile device. It’s a convenient way to carry Wellness Together Canada with you wherever you go!

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.

Trans Lifeline: 1.877.330.6366

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

Contact Homewood Health

Employee and Family Assistance available 24/7: call 1.800.663.1142 or visit Homewood Health.

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