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AT HOME IN THE DARK

www.athomeinthedark.org

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

AT HOME IN THE DARK

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DAY EVENT EARLY REGISTRATION Ended CA$20.00 CA$1.80
DAY EVENT LATE REGISTRATION Ended CA$25.00 CA$2.11
DAY EVENT STUDENTS Ended CA$10.00 CA$1.20
DAY EVENT FINANCIALLY CHALLENGED Ended
PRE PAY FOR EVENT T SHIRT Ended CA$20.00 CA$1.80
PRE PAY FOR LUNCH (Eternal Abundance) Ended CA$15.00 CA$1.51
EVENING EVENT & PRIVATE CONCERT Ended CA$25.00 CA$2.11
BOOK: TOXIC CULTURE By Gabor Mate Ended CA$25.00 CA$2.11
BOOK: BLIND-SPOTS By Conrad Scmidt Ended CA$22.00 CA$1.92

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A FUNDRAISER FOR A NEW FRONTIER:

10 AM TO 6 PM  ALL DAY EVENT, FOLLOWED BY AN EVENING EVENT FROM 8PM TO 1 AM

LET US TALK ABOUT IT: Exploring how we can most effectively collaborate to pragmatically adapt our communities to practices that are safe and sustainable for all of us, with clear access to valued and simple community participation after trauma.  

Funding raised will provide free local and corporate lounge spaces that facilitate daily support circles for people who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our focus are on breaking the silence, providing daily access to safe support, reducing stigma and increasing public awareness by sharing our stories of lived experience of depression and our solutions.

 

"The intentions for the event are the following:


  • To educate what is a safe circle of trust.
  • To create awareness as to the availability of safe, free, daily lounge spaces facilitated by experienced counselors.
  • To create awareness as to how unconscious capitalism contributes to shame and stigma, and maintains a lack of safe access to meaningful and valued participation in the economy.


The event format:


The detailed format and schedule for the event is being completed by February 27th.  We have speakers, talking circles, and documentaries addressing the necessity and importance of  collective  education, best practices, safe and daily access to care, community, and valued participation in the economy."



SOME FACTS:

  • Mental health problems and illnesses account for more than $6 billion in lost productivity costs due to absenteeism and presenteeism.
  • 2 out of 3 people suffer in silence as they fear rejection, judgement, and obtrusive entitlement to advicement.
  • 27% of Canadians are fearful of being around people who suffer from serious mental illness.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population.
  • On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness.
  • Two-thirds of homeless people using urban shelters suffer from some form of mental illness.
  • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year-old's and 16% among 25-44 year-old's.

    MENTAL HEALTH COMMISION OF CANADA & CMHA

 

 

 


Our vision is to build alliances with change makers that share our mission for a society where parents and educators are invested toward nurturing children, adults, and communities to understand their natural wholeness. Our purpose is to cultivate how to reclaim innate human wholeness, dignity, and value, for each and every one.  To nurture natural creative productivity for societal benefits.

 

 

SPEAKERS by invitation TBA: 

Charles Shaw (Skype presence), Conrad Schmidt, Clint Carlton, and Natasha English.

 

 

 

VANCOUVER PREMIER:

AT HOME IN THE DARK, A FILM by Charles Shaw

BOOK LAUNCHES (TBA):  

TOXIC CULTURE by G. Mate

JEVONS PARADOX by C. Schmidt, SOUL NETWORK PUBLISHING?

PERFORMERS: TBA

As a society, we need to better recognize and prioritizes the underlying social and environmental practices and policies that give rise to our toxic culture, a current culture where education and productivity is designed primarily for profit and not for individual and collective ‘long term’ health and benefit.

 We must inform a compassionate response to the manifestations of depression, anxiety, and addiction that prioritizes integrated and holistic practices and evidence-based treatment and care.

 Today’s healing models are often inadequate, inaccessible, and incomplete. Many people will never get the care they need, and will instead be left to contend with overwhelming consequences of depression, grief, anxiety, and addiction.

 Obstacles to holistic treatment  vary widely from country to country, city to city, even from neighborhood to neighborhood. But two challenges that remain constant across diverse settings are the inadequacy of understanding and training regarding treating depression, grief, anxiety, addiction as it is OFTEN  crippled by assumptions, overt reliance on treatment by prescriptions, and top down engineered productivity. TODAY there is such a lack of supportive, adequate, and effective ‘integrated’ circles of trust that honours and recognizes the individial wholeness, resourcefulness, and value

 This year, in Vancouver, a 'SOUL network' of concerned citizens have collaborated to launch this simple model that could influence how we treat trauma the world over.  'At Home In the Dark Foundation' will continue to provide limitless hours of volunteer work  and collecting evidence-based research to evolve best practices as to ALTERNATIVES TO GROWTH to address individual  and collective systemic stress, depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, and trauma.

 

ABOUT 'AT HOME IN THE DARK FOUNDATION:'

We are a non profit organization that provide free and safe spaces for people who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Our program educates a psychosomatic approach to healing and personal development as it views “neurosis” as a positive constructive feedback from the whole psychosomatic organism, rather than as pathology. 

Our program ’At home in the dark’ develops the confidence and motivation of the person who suffers to better realize their inner resourcefulness and strength, as it provides the understanding, emotional support, and simple pragmatic steps to empower their own health.

This direct, daily, and free access to support has a beneficial effect on psychological health and immediately begins to mitigate the negative effect of stress on physical health.  The simplicity at the core of our foundation gradually clears the habituated patterns of fear that enforces the self doubt, and negative perceptions and assumptions.  

Our aim is to grow, enhance, and extend safe and comfortable spaces to all who suffers alone and in silence.


LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS 

Invited into this collaboration: International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Stop the violence BC, Conscious Living Network, Evening Rounds, Dance Safe & OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION.

 

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy http://www.icsdp.org/

Point of contact: Michaela Montaner, Communications Coordinator

The mission of the ICSDP is to improve community health and safety by conducting research and public education on best practices in drug policy while working collaboratively with communities, policy makers, law enforcement and other stakeholders to help guide effective and evidence-based policy responses to the many problems posed by illicit drugs.

 

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition   http://drugpolicy.ca/about/

Point of contact: Donald MacPherson, Can Drug Policy Coalition Executive Director

We are working to transform our approach to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. In May of 2009 representatives of 30 NGOs in Canada came together to discuss the need for a strong civil society movement to advocate for improvements to Canada’s approach to drug policy. After two days of meeting the following vision was agreed upon:“CDPC envisions a safe, healthy and just Canada in which drug policy and legislation as well as related institutional practice is based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health”.

 

 Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canadian-Students-for-Sensible-Drug-Policy/104111507552

Point of contact: Nazlee Maghsoudi

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is a national non-profit, grassroots network of youth and students who are working to improve policies relating to legal and illegal drugs. CSSDP works with chapters across Canada formed by youth and students who work on drug use issues facing their peer groups, communities, and country at large. By building and maintaining communication networks across our large country, providing organizational and advocacy resources, organizing conferences and lobby days, and offering public education, CSSDP connects and mobilizes its members to participate in the political process at all levels, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while combating counterproductive drug policies, particularly those that directly harm young people.

 

Stop the Violence BC http://stoptheviolencebc.org/

Point of contact: Mark Haden, MSW

A coalition of law enforcement officials, legal experts, public health officials and academic experts from universities across British Columbia. Coalition members have come together to engage all British Columbians in a discussion aimed at developing and implementing marijuana-related policies that improve public health while reducing social harms, including violent crime.

Guided by the best available scientific evidence, Stop the Violence BC is calling for cannabis to be governed by a strict regulatory framework aimed at limiting use while also starving organized crime of the profits they currently reap as a result of prohibition. Using regulatory tools proven effective at reducing tobacco use will undercut the huge profits cannabis driving violent organized crime in BC. Not only that, cannabis regulation may also improve community health by making cannabis harder for young people to access, lessening cannabis grow-op associated property damage, and freeing up law enforcement resources to focus on criminal activity where law enforcement can reduce harm.

Since the launch of the campaign, Stop the Violence BC has been honoured to receive endorsements from former mayors of Vancouver, former BC attorneys general, the Health Officers Council of BC and the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

 

Conscious Living Network  http://consciouslivingnetwork.net/

 Point of contact: Andrew Rezmer, Executive Director

We are a focal point to various branches of conscious artists, entrepreneurs, healers, educators, facilitators and spiritual circles.  We have an online and printable directory. Through Sacred Commerce, through Community Events, & Mutually Supportive Endeavours we are strengthening the community together.

The City of Vancouver is a wonderful place with a lot of individual health and value based groups. They also operate quite independently of one another. With the shifts happening in the world right now which are carrying a tremendous momentum of energy and change with them, the best way to navigate this force is as a collective. 

 

OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/

Point of contact: Christopher Stone, President

  • The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
  • We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.
  • We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.
  • We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
  • We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
  • Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

 

Evening Rounds http://www.eveningrounds.ca/about

Point of contact: Janelle Chung

A monthly evening speaker series profiling health care communications and social media campaigns, case studies and experts. Events happen the third Tuesday of every month. Check out our Events and our Blog for more. 

 

 

 

 

 

Have questions about AT HOME IN THE DARK? Contact www.athomeinthedark.org

When & Where


ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
181 Roundhouse Mews, Davie and Pacific
ZEND LOUNGE, YALETOWN: 9 PM TO 2 PM
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)


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www.athomeinthedark.org

Our vision is to build alliances with change makers that share our mission for a society where parents and educators are invested toward nurturing children, adults, and communities to understand their natural wholeness. Our purpose is to cultivate, reclaim, resitute and restore  inherent wholeness, dignity, and value, for each and every one.  To nurture innate creativity and sustainable productivity for societal benefits.

Our aim is to provide safe, unbiased, and unobtrusive lounge spaces that facilitates daily support circles to all who suffers alone and in silence.

Below is my observation about depression and the need for emotional and physical safety and support:

In my late teens and early twenties I came to understand and to an extent befriend my grief and trauma.  The cognitive framework and behavioral adaptations provided comfort, nontheless the core wound (sensory dissaociation and habituated coping mechanisms) had not been seen and addressed.

When the core wound was again inflamed by deep betrayal I was unable to find a safe place to come undone.  I sadly discovered that there was no one available to provide an unobrtrusive refuge , free of assumptions and sameness, and my trustful nature and heart felt shattered.  There was no willingness to live. 

 

 


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