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CrazyWise Community Screening + Panel Discussion

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Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

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CMHA Toronto will be hosting a free screening of CRAZYWISE in hopes to ignite a community conversation and movement towards supporting individual understandings of mental health beyond the western medical model.

After the screening, join our panelist to discuss how we can take the traditional wisdoms from around the world and apply it to the communities we live in.

About CRAZYWISE:

Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. Click here to see the extended trailer.

About our panelists:

Rachel Cooper is a mental health advocate from Toronto. Currently a full-time student at the University of Waterloo, she has worked in front-line peer support and community programming and continues to serve as the Service User Co-Lead for the “Surviving to Advising” initiative within the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. Rachel’s passion for ensuring systems-level change is grounded in lived experience informs her work as an appointee to the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council.

Lynn Lavallee is an Anishinaabek Qwe registered with the Métis Nation of Ontario, Lynn Lavallée believes that individuals who enter the academic institution taking positions as Indigenous academics have a responsibility to state their identity and have it scrutinized and validated by the Indigenous community. In keeping with this principle, Lynn shares her ancestral roots stemming from the Anishinaabe and Métis (Algonquin, Ojibway and French) from Sudbury, Temiscaming, Timmins, Maniwaki and Swan Lake regions. Joining the Ryerson community in 2005, Lynn has been an active member of the service community at Ryerson University contributing to the advancement of Indigenous knowledge in the academy. She has and continues to serve on university wide committees such as the Research Ethics Board, Senate, Academic Policy and Governance, Anti-Racism Taskforce, numerous university-wide hiring committees and was instrumental in establishing the Provost Aboriginal Advisory Committee that lead to the future development of the Aboriginal Education Council. Within the School of Social Work Lynn has contributed as associate director for four years, interim associate director of field education and sat and sits on numerous committees, including the First Nations Technical Institute Program Advisory Committee, hiring committees and chairing the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Brian McKinnon is the community development coordinator with Alternatives, a counselling service in Toronto. He is a family member, and a long-time ally of the psychiatric survivor movement. He works with survivors, families and professionals to initiate and coordinate educational events that explain and promote the recovery approach, as well as explore alternatives to the medical model.

Onar Usar is a queer woman of color from Turkey who is also a psychiatric system survivor. Her personal experiences with severe psychological distress and resulting encounters with the Canadian mental health system for a decade and half have significantly shaped her academic interests and advocacy work in disability justice, psychiatric system survivor & Mad movements. Onar holds a Masters Degree in Women’s Studies and quit her PhD work in Critical Disability Studies at York University in 2014. Currently she works as an Equity and Inclusion Educator at Centennial College in Scarborough.

Screening will begin at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm.

Please contact Pauline Phoi Thi Ho, Health Equity Coordinator, at pho@cmhato.org or 647.229.7014 if you require any accommodations.

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