June Lunch and Learn Bulletin

Each month Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment offer a number of one hour sessions devoted to the dimensions of health and wellbeing. This month we focus on embracing change with positivity. Session topics include strategies to avoid negative thinking and the concept of post- traumatic growth. As a champion for Buddy Up! Month we have a session on men's mental health and, as a Partner for Life, a session from Canadian Blood Services for World Blood Donor Day.

All sessions will run from 12–1 p.m. unless noted otherwise and will be delivered online. Register through the LearnCentre by clicking register and then using the “enroll” button on the top right. New to LearnCentre? Access LearnCentre and scroll down to view this event under available sessions.

Financial Planning for Retirement OR How Soon Can I Retire (2-part session)

Ron Graham, EFAP 
Wednesday, June 2 from 12 –1 p.m.
Wednesday June 9 from 12 –1:15 p.m.

This two-part presentation is aimed towards those in their mid-career stage (late 30’s to early 50’s; generally more than 10 years away from retirement). This will provide some of the financial planning knowledge needed to reinforce the importance of planning now for retirement.

Due to the amount of material to be covered, the session will be presented in two parts. 


Buddy Up - Men's Mental Health 

Akash Asif and Hilary Sirman, Centre for Suicide Prevention
Thursday, June 3

June is Buddy Up Month! In Canada, men have a suicide rate three times higher than women. Why? We have socialized men to be strong, stoic and self-reliant; showing emotion is a sign of weakness, as is asking for help. Men are dying in alarming numbers, all around us. How can we change this reality? Everyone has a role in preventing suicide. Buddy Up is a campaign promoting authentic conversations and teaching how to support a buddy if they're struggling with thoughts about suicide. Join this session with the Centre for Suicide Prevention as we learn how to look out for your buddy and raise awareness for men’s suicide prevention. 


You Don’t Have to Get on the Train: Strategies to Avoid Negative Thinking

Laurel Vespi, Stone Circle Consulting
Tuesday, June 8

Thoughts can either be an incredible tool or a relentless master. Sometimes it feels like we have jumped on a runaway train with out of control thoughts driving the engine. In this session, you will learn some simple ways to deal more skillfully with thoughts and how to avoid getting on the train of negative thinking.


Canada’s Lifeline: Give Blood, Give Life.

Erin de Kleer, Canadian Blood Services
Thursday, June 17

Did you know that 52% of all Canadians say either they or a family member have needed blood or blood products, yet less than 4% of eligible Canadians donate? Our job is to change that. In honour of World Blood Donor Day, join us to learn more about how you can make a difference in your community. From donating blood or plasma and quoting the U of A’s Partners for Life ID, registering your intent to become an organ & tissue donor or volunteering your time, there are so many ways to be a part of Canada's Lifeline.

Post-Traumatic Growth: Embracing Challenge and Change

Dr. Charl Els 
Friday, June 25

Exposure to trauma is ubiquitous. This session focuses on the psychological outcomes following exposure to traumatic life events, including COVID-19 and its associated challenges. Special emphasis is placed on the concept of post-traumatic growth, which involves changes in domains of appreciation of life, relationships, the recognition of new possibilities in life, and finding enhanced personal strength, and connection / spirituality. 

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