D2 Panel: Working Together – A discussion about mental health in a healthcare setting
The workplace has been rapidly changing for healthcare workers in Alberta. New technologies, strained systems and burnout have all impacted the psychological health and safety of frontline employees. In this panel, hear from frontline healthcare workers about the real mental health impacts they face every day, and how they are working towards creating workplaces where mental health matters. Discover how employees on the frontlines are making positive impacts to workplaces across Alberta and examples of how any employee, at any time, can make a difference. Through this panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand experiences of healthcare workers, how their workplaces have impacted their overall mental health, and how a union is working towards creating psychological health and safety through advocacy, collective agreements and education.    
Meet your Panelists

Trevor is a Mental Health Promotion Facilitator working out of Northern Alberta who previously worked as an Addictions Counsellor for over 6 years. He recognizes positive mental health is a journey, not simply a destination, which inspires him to find creative ways to build mental health capacity with Albertans. Trevor’s humble nature and down-to-earth humor compels audiences to laugh while they learn practical tools and strategies, they can apply both personally and professionally. In addition to his work, Trevor is very active in his local unit with Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). He sits as the chair of his local unit executive, co-chair of his site’s Joint Work Health and Safety Committee and is the local Employee Management Advisory Committee representative. Trevor takes an active approach to supporting his own mental health by playing and watching hockey, and spending time with his friends, family, and pets.

Meet your Moderator

Ray Geldreich is the Senior Health Safety and Wellness Advisor with the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), a trade union representing 29 000 skilled healthcare professionals across Alberta. In this role, Ray works with HSAA members and their employers to reduce workers' risk of physical and mental injuries through education and advocacy. Ray is a certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor through the Canadian Mental Health Association. In addition, Ray is an accredited facilitator of workplace mental health training programs for frontline staff and Healthcare leaders through the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Ray also serves on several technical committees tasked with developing and maintaining National Safety Standards to protect Canadian workers' physical and mental health. Ray holds a Bachelor of Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of Lethbridge and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.

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