This November, learn about, talk about, and explore your path to mental health during Thrive month.



What is Thrive?

Thrive is a time when we can come together as a UBC community, virtually or in-person, to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health. The last 18 months have brought unprecedented challenges, impacting the mental health of our community, so now more than ever, it is important that we support one another in learning to thrive. Thrive prioritizes promoting mental health literacy, reducing stigma, reflecting on diverse perspectives and experiences, and creating a supportive campus culture. At the same time, we ensure that students, faculty, and staff have the resources to help them understand mental health issues, and improve coping skills, which is what Thrive is all about—building mental health, living, learning, and working well. 

But fostering and maintaining mental health is a year-round pursuit, and UBC recognizes that it plays a crucial role in the ability to live, work, and learn well— whether on campus or at home. Therefore, Thrive events this year will be both in-person and virtual to ensure students, faculty, staff, and community members have access to resources and events while being responsive to changing COVID-19 protocols.  

Here are just a few ways you can participate in Thrive this year:

  • Explore the Thrive 5+: What ways can you learn how to thrive? It might be moving more, connecting with others, being in nature, or engaging in the arts. Explore ways to support your mental health that works best for you. 
  • Practice self-care: Prioritize your mental health by taking time to move your body between classes or meetings, take your lunch breaks, and get the rest you need.  
  • Visit the digital Thrive Gratitude Wallpracticing gratitude can help make managing difficult times a little bit easier. Explore the wall or add how you’re learning to thrive through gratitude.  
  • Build your mental health literacy with a workshop or training from Workplace Health, Wellbeing and Benefits (faculty and staff), or by joining the Wellness Centre online 
  • Check-in with your colleagues (and yourself). Learn to recognize the signs something might not be right, and know the resources that are available.   

Thrive is for everyone: we all have mental health, and while it might look and feel different for each of us, we all benefit from maintaining and fostering it.  Whatever your pathway to mental health may be, we invite you to learn about it, talk about it and explore it during Thrive.

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