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Mental + Emotional Well-Being

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


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COVID-19: Transition and Change – Live Webinar

We know change is constant, and our current experience with COVID-19 has proven this beyond doubt. Living through the pandemic has brought change personally, socially and professionally. Register for either Tuesday, September 21st at 4PM PT and Wednesday, September 22nd at 7PM PT for this Homewood Health special live webinar focused on the transition and change throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: This session adopts a solutions-focused lens and explores different change management styles to assist employees in finding ways to navigate change as they move forward.  Space is limited. Please note that the webinar will be recorded and posted to the Homewood Health website one week following the final session.

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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

To access Homewood articles, the E-courses or i-Volve, please register at

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.

Mindwell Challenge LogoMindWell 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.


Surviving Another September – Article or Video: September always ushers a whirlwind of change into our lives that makes it known as one of the most stressful months of the year. In Canada, it is our second September living with the wide-reaching effects of COVID-19. While we continue making strides towards turning a more confident corner against the pandemic through vaccination programs and diligent adherence to safety practices, the path to get to this point has not been easy. This new articleor brief video from Homewood Health explores how we can support ourselves to cope well with September, build resiliency, and move ahead.

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. 

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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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’. Learn more about the seven pillars of self-care here.

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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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