An invitation to help improve mental wellness with and for Indigenous communites

All individuals in London-Middlesex between the ages of 18-65 who identify as Indigenous are invited to participate in a research study to improve mental wellness with and for Indigenous communities.

Biigajiiskaan aims to co-design and deliver transformative mental health care to provide culturally-safe and accessible services to Indigenous urban and rural populations in the London-Middlesex region. Grounded in culture as care, Biigajiiskaan creates Indigenous-informed pathways supported by Elder-guided treatment, and combines traditional healing medicine and knowledges with current hospital-based mental health care and practices. Importantly, Biigajiiskaan is a formal co-lead partnership between St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and an Indigenous-based agency; Atlohsa Family Healing Services, who are actively collaborating with Indigenous community members, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous agencies to catalyze mental health system change.

Sharing Circles are being held (community member focus groups and stakeholder consultation groups) to generate an understanding of how Biigajiiskaan mental wellness services should be co-created and -delivered through an Indigenous-led and -informed process. We need input from Indigenous indviuduals in our region to create meaningful and impactful change in our system.

Sharing circles for any/all individuals who identify as Indigenous, between the ages of 18 and 65, are being held on the following dates/locations:

August 8
From 1:30 to 3:30 pm at:
NoKeeKwe- The South London Employment Help Centre, 1069 Wellington Road, London

August 9 and August 16
From 2 to 4  pm at:
Atlohsa Family Healing Services, 343 Richmond St, #109, London

August 22
From 1 to 3 pm at:
N’Amerind Friendship Centre, 260 Colbourne St., London

For further inquiry or to register, please contact rsule@uwo.ca, or Dr. Victoria Smye: vsmye@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111 x 86986.

 

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