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TODAY! Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Wellness Presents Georgette Reed – Mental Health Matters: Creating Flow in the Workplace

Posted on: Oct 23, 2017


The Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Wellness presents: Georgette Reed – Mental Health Matters, Creating Flow in the Workplace on Monday October 23rd at 4:00 – 5:00 pm in Room HA206
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. As the second highest cause for hospitalization in Canada, mental illness strikes people from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds, at every income and age level.  

Experiencing mental illness can be a very frightening and isolating experience, whether it affects you or someone you care about. Contact with the everyday world is changed when our mental health is affected and everything we do can become more of a challenge. Mental health care means more than just taking care of our physical selves. It also means ensuring the wellbeing of our mental, emotional and spiritual sides. So how do we support people who are struggling with mental illness or trying to recover from a mental health injury or trauma?

This presentation will discuss some of the most common mental health issues and what Edmonton Fire Rescue has undertaken to assist first responders dealing with the stigma of mental illness and other occupational stress injuries. 

Presenter: Georgette Reed, ChPC, MA, BPE, CSCS, Member: Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta© and distinguished Olympian.   

Georgette Reed has had a keen interest in Sport, Fitness, Health and Wellness all of her life. A certified track and field and strength and conditioning, coach with 40 years of competitive experience under her belt in the sports of athletics, bobsleigh, swimming and water polo, Georgette now puts all of the knowledge and expertise to good use as the Health and Wellness Coordinator for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and Mental Health First Aid instructor for the City of Edmonton.
During her athletic career, Georgette represented Canada in the Olympic Games, the World Athletics Championships, the World Bobsleigh Championships, the Pan American Games, the Commonwealth Games and many other international events. As a competitor, Georgette won 17 national titles (15 in the shot put and two discus titles). Upon retiring from competing, Georgette was the head cross country, track and field coach for the University of Alberta for 10 years, and helped develop champions at the provincial, national and international levels and was a mentor/coach for Special Olympics Athletics athletes and coaches in Alberta.