February Lunch and Learn Bulletin

Each month we offer a number of one hour sessions devoted to the dimensions of health and wellbeing.This month, we focus on looking after our mental health. Learn about psychological safety in the workplace, as well as compassion fatigue, grief and loss, and dealing with isolation in the face of the ongoing pandemic. We also have sessions on starting your garden and tax tips, to help reduce stress in everyday life.

All sessions will run from 12–1 p.m. unless noted otherwise and will be delivered online. Please enroll through the LearnCentre. These sessions are listed under the Health and Wellbeing catalogue.


 Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplaces: It's Everyone's Responsibility

Ronaye Coulson, EFAP
Tuesday, February 2

What is psychological health and safety and how does it connect to the workplace? What is the National Standard of Canada? What are workplace factors? In this one hour session participants will learn about the National Standard, workplace psychosocial factors and what resources are available at UAlberta to support psychologically safe workplaces.


Compassion Fatigue: Understanding Burnout and Increasing Resilience for Helping Professionals

Chantelle Lam, EFAP
Thursday, February 4

Compassion fatigue, burnout and grief are often described as the “cost of caring” for those working in the helping field. This session helps us to better understand the meaning of these symptoms, as well as how to better manage them through self-care practices and resiliency strategies.

Coping with Loneliness and Isolation during COVID-19

Angela Heeley, Canadian Mental Health Association
Tuesday, February 9

Loneliness is something that can affect anyone. Whether it is due to isolation, or feeling like we don’t fit in, feeling disconnected from others can influence our sense of well-being. Sometimes our thoughts, feelings and fears can keep us stuck in a negative pattern that can impact our mood and ability to engage with ourselves and others. In this webinar we will look at some quick and easy strategies to help us cope with some of those feelings and behaviours to help us feel more connected.


Get Growing: Start Your Seedlings

University of Alberta Botanical Garden 
Tuesday, February 16

Join U of A Horticulturalist Barry Greig for advice on DIY seed starting and seed treatment methods at home. Learn how to start seeds for some of your favourite annual and perennial vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Gardening is physical exercise, takes you outdoors, is a great way to de-stress, and can provide nutrient-dense foods for healthy eating! Learning to grow from seed will help you feel self-sufficient in your own garden and allow you much more variety, and pride, in what you grow.


Understanding Grief and Loss

Chantelle Lam, EFAP
Wednesday, February 24

Grief is a natural response to loss. Unique to each individual, grief is a process that everyone is bound to face at some point in our lives. It could be the loss of a relationship, a job or in context of COVID, the loss of plans and a sense of normalcy. To promote the healing process, this session will help participants understand this difficult process and emphasize healthy ways to cope with loss.


Tax Tips

Zach Smith, Alberta School of Business
Thursday, February 25

It’s just about that time of the year again… Tax Time. Join us and get the facts on tax to help make this tax season less stressful and to help you feel prepared. This session will provide information about your taxes and some useful tips before you file this year! 


NEW Series: Mindfulness for Everyone - Additional session added! 

Kat Boehm
Monthly for six months, starting January 29

Mindful awareness is a gradual but steady shift in perspective, gently influencing wholeness and compassion through moment-by-moment observation. This awareness offers balance and acceptance with personal impulses as well as world events. In these monthly sessions, you will learn the foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings and mental states - becoming acquainted with these areas and responding with interest and clarity.

The sessions, based on the four foundations of mindfulness, will involve a talk, practice, and open discussion. Free resources will be suggested, along with self-guided exercises. The sessions will have a one-time registration, to allow the same cohort of participants to learn together. We ask that you are able to attend each date listed below. This allows for a gradual deepening of practice and a sense of community to grow among attendees. Participants are asked to commit to the following dates:Jan 29, Feb 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25.

For information about the Lunch & Learn program, contact our office at org.health@ualberta.ca