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City kicks off MOSH Week with mental health

Lloydminster is educating its workers on health and safety with the annual Minds on Health and Safety Week (MOSH).

The three day event starts with a keynote address on mental health. Manager of Safety, Health and Wellness Megan Coulter says that mental health is a very important topic that they wanted to focus on.

“It’s in every workplace that we have is mental health and we struggle with it everyday. We need to bring it out to the open and see how we can educate, communicate and how we can overcome mental health.”

On Wednesday, Stuart Ellis-Myers shared his story about living with tourettes syndrome and anxiety. He says two out of four people live with some sort of heightened level of anxiety and depression.

“I’m here just to share my story on how to turn disability into ability or mental health into a mental wealth.”

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He adds that he wants to get the word out about the syndrome to help others.

Coulter says that this year the Government of Alberta has provided the City with funding to put on 17 events.

“Some of the other events that we have focus on mental health, safety and wellness. We have everything from meditation to yoga. We have chemical safety focusing on asbestos and silica. We have CBI coming and talking about ergonomics and proper lifting practices.”

The events will continue throughout the week.

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