Would you ever think that walking over to introduce yourself to your next-door neighbour could improve your overall well-being? Well, it just might.
“When individuals contribute and participate in their community, they are less likely to experience stress, depression and loneliness,” said Program Manager Zanette Frost. “These wellness experts will certainly provide insight into how we can create bonds that will enhance mental health to build stronger communities, families, and individuals.”
Frost is leading the City of Edmonton’s Urban Isolation and Mental Health initiative. The Initiativeaims to open up dialogue surrounding mental health and wellness, and as Frost explained, community engagement and mental health are often more related than expected.
As part of the City’s initiative, the “Hello, how are you?” speaker series is running and features community wellness experts.
John McKnight is the next speaker in the series and is taking center stage at the Epcor Tower at 7 p.m. on June 6th. John is a well-known researcher and author whose focus is on developing new tools to enhance the productive powers of families, neighbours and neighbourhoods.
Psychologist and award winning author Susan Pinker will wrap up the “Hello, how are you?” speaker series at 7 p.m. on June 21st at Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre. Susan is a seasoned observer of modern communications. In her book, The Village Effect, she explores the importance of face to face contact in the digital era.
Tickets are being sold for $10 with all proceeds going to iHuman, an organization that supports traumatized youth in Edmonton.
For more information on the “Hello, how are you?” speaker series, visit edmonton.ca/hello