Black Table Talk is a series of weekly youth-led workshops that explore the nuances of mental health and healing for black communities through an anti-oppression lens. We hope to offer a space for black youth to have informed discussion about anti-blackness, wellness, stigma, and more while sharing resources, support and coping together. Each workshop will be accompanied by a drop-in peer support group where youth can freely express themselves and build connections in a safe space that is carved out especially for black youth. We believe in collective healing and invite all black youth between the ages of 13-25 at any stage of their learning to join us as we re-imagine healing and wellness together.
October 6 & 7 Week 1: Black Communties, Mental Health Institutions and Stigma An exploration into the relationship that black communities currently have and historically have had with healthcare/mental health institutions and the impact this has had on healthcare bias and stigma within the black community. Youth will learn the skills to challenge stigma in the black community through an informed and empathetic lens.
Oct. 13 & 14 Week 2: What Does Mental Illness Look Like for People Who Look Like Me?Youth will explore the ways that race, culture, and marginalization can change the way that mental illness presents itself in our bodies and in our behaviour and mood. This changes what to pay attention to in themselves or others if they are concerned about their wellbeing, as well as the support that they accept or give.
Oct. 20 & 21 Week 3: Racial Trauma and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Youth will learn what racial trauma is, how racism can affect the body and mind, and learn about post Traumatic Slave Syndrome with the goal of empowering youth to recognize and name the psychological impact and violence of systemic racism.
Oct. 27 & 28 Week 4: We *Been* Healing This session will challenge youth to recognize the ways that they deal with mental health challenges and rooting out some of the healthy behaviours that black communities and individuals have either naturally or intentionally developed to cope over time. The emphasis will be on connecting some of the cultural practices that exist for us already, with healing and wellbeing while being able to recognize and challenge some of the unhealthy practices. Youth will briefly explore some non western approaches to mental health care.
Nov. 3 & 4 Week 5: Black Death, Social Media and Collective Grief This session will explore the ways that, as black folks, we are affected by the constant consumption of black death and trauma through media, especially social media. We will explore what collective grief can look like and how to move from this to collective healing.
Nov. 10 & 11 Week 6: Community Healing, Support and Wellness Youth will explore the importance and impact of community in our wellbeing and healing process through an understanding of community interconnectedness. Youth will also be introduced to some of the local community resources that are available to them and a brief guide on how to use these resources, as well as to build stronger support relationships.
Nov. 17 & 18 Week 7: The Black Roots of Self Care Youth will learn about the roots of self care as a radical act of resistance and its role and purpose in challenging the effects of oppression and marginalization. Youth will be challenged to think about and create a routine of self care that is rooted in community well being, self love and self preservation.
Nov. 24 & 25Week 8: Disability Justice & Madness Youth will learn the ways that disability justice and the mad movement have impacted and changed mental health care, and explore self advocacy, mutual aid and self determination.
Dec 1 & 2 Week 9: Conflict, Healing and Restorative Practices Youth will explore the impact of mental health stigma and oppression on interpersonal conflict and
relationships, and the role that restorative practices and healthy conflict resolution can have on healing our communities, relationships and ourselves.
Dec. 8 & 9 Week 10: Self Advocacy and Systemic Change Youth will learn about their healthcare rights, self advocacy and explore the routes of systemic change to create better mental health outcomes for black folks in our communities.
Tickets for Black Table Talk: A mental health workshop series for black youth age 13-25 can be booked here.
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