Elizabeth Manley, Olympic medallist and mental health advocate, is joining the Carleton University community as the first Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub (MeWeRTH) Champion. In this role, Manley will engage the Carleton community via workshops, lectures, events, conversations, non-credit courses and engagements on mental health and wellness.

Elizabeth Manley

Elizabeth Manley

“Carleton is committed to strive for wellness and to have honest conversations about mental health,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

“Together we must address ongoing issues of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, and Elizabeth will be an important ally in helping to speak safely about mental health so everyone can get the help they need and deserve.”

Manley participated in two Olympic Games and six World Championships and has won three national titles. After spending many years in the United States performing and coaching, Manley recently returned to Ottawa where she works as a certified life coach with a diverse cross-section of clients and has a busy schedule of speaking engagements rooted in mental health.

Prof. Joanna Pozzulo

Prof. Joanna Pozzulo

“On behalf of MeWeRTH, I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Manley as our MeWeRTH Champion,” said Joanna Pozzulo, chair of the Department of Psychology and MeWeRTH director.

“As someone who understands the importance of mental health, well-being, resilience and connecting with others, she embodies the hub’s values and vision. I am proud that she will be joining our team, and I know that she will continue to inspire hope in others.”

Manley’s interest in mental health advocacy comes from her own life experiences, and her strong belief in helping others. She relives her incredible personal journey with audiences, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it takes to make it to the top, and talks with honesty about the importance of mental health.

“There might be that one person that’s suffering in silence right now, that maybe I might be that one voice to just say, ‘OK—I’m safe, I can go for help; if Elizabeth Manley can do it, I can do it,'” she says.

Manley has received many awards for her mental health advocacy, most recently receiving the “Courage to Speak Award” from MeWeRTH at Carleton’s Psychology Mental Health Day in October.

MeWeRTH is composed of researchers, students and community partners with a shared interest in mental health, well-being and resilience. MeWeRTH is a virtual space housed within the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton.

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