Hamilton, ON – Youth Mental Health Canada (YMHC) is excited to announce the upcoming virtual conference, “Making Space for Wellness and Connection: a virtual conference for Indigenous communities” on January 26th. The conference will take place from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) and will be a space for wellness and connection, with workshops that focus on creating a mental wellness action plan, building sources of strength and resilience, Wetsuweten wellness, and wellness strategies such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.
YMHC is a community-based, youth-led charitable non-profit organization focused on youth, family, and community engagement for mental health education, support, advocacy, and change. The organization advocates for needs-based, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed mental health supports, services, and educational accommodations, and directs funding to families to support young people with chronic mental health disabilities.
Indigenous mental health is a critical issue in Canada. Indigenous people have a higher rate of mental health issues than non-Indigenous people, and Indigenous people are more likely to experience discrimination and marginalization. This conference aims to provide a safe and inclusive space for Indigenous communities to come together and share their experiences, knowledge, and strategies for wellness.
The conference will feature Indigenous-led workshops, and if you are interested in facilitating a 45-minute workshop, please contact admin[at]ymhc.ngo. Details of the conference will be on YMHC’s social media, and registration for the conference will be on Eventbrite. To register, please visit ymhc.eventbrite.com.
“We are honored to be able to provide this virtual conference for Indigenous communities,” said Sheryl Boswell, Executive Director of YMHC. “Indigenous mental health and wellness is a critical issue in Canada. We hope that this conference will provide a space for wellness and connection for Indigenous communities and raise awareness about the importance of culturally sensitive and trauma-informed mental health support, services, and educational accommodations.”
For more information about YMHC and the virtual conference, please visit YMHC’s Eventbrite page or contact YMHC at info[at]ymhc.ngo.