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Edmonton Chapter News

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On May 17th, 176 attendees learned about mental health in the work place at FMI-Edmonton's session "Building a Healthy Workplace". The morning started with a hearty breakfast, followed by speakers Scott Alywin from Covenant Health, Georgette Reed and Pamela Kollrosshe from the City of Edmonton. They discussed how their organizations support employees and family members who are suffering from stress or mental illness. Flynn, a therapy dog from the Northern Institute of Technology (NAIT) made an appearance with his handler, Linda Shaw. She shared the role the labradoodle has in helping students maintain balance, and 'PAWS' for mental health. During the break, Laurel Kirchner of Covenant Health offered a mini-mental health first aid overview. Following which, Robert Manolson from Powerful Play Experiences delivered an interactive discussion on his coping strategies to stay healthy while living with depression and anxiety. Woven through the morning was mental health myth busters, an interactive game that measured the perceptions of the audience and allowed a convened panel to address them. Holding all of these components together was the unflappable moderator, Isabel Henderson from the Glenrose Hospital.

Click here for details and notes from the "Building a Healthy Workplace" event. FMI-Edmonton would like to thank the participating organizations, as well as the Canadian Mental Health Association, for making this event a great success. Special thanks is also given to: Mayor Don Iverson, City of Edmonton; Michael Wernick and his office at the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada; and Marcia Nelson, Alberta's Deputy Minister of Executive Council, who extended greetings for the event and/or provided materials on this important topic.

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"Building a Healthy Workplace" presenters, panelists and supporters:
Laurel Kirchner, Pamela Kollross, Isabel Henderson, Tracy Johnson, Robert Manolson [seated], Georgette Reed, Scott Aylwin. Absent: Linda Shaw and Flynn.

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For more information on the Edmonton Chapter's events and activities, please visit www.fmi.ca/chapters/edmonton.