The SSCS in partnership with the Rexdale Community and Legal Clinic hosted an all-day Mental Health Conference on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Humber north with 70 participants in attendance. The Humber planning team included: Natalie Blake-Noel, Sabra Desai, Linda Hill, Art Lockhart, Tonia Richard, Aqeel Saeid and Tameka Francis (Rexdale Community Legal Clinic). The event received full funding from the Humber College and Community Partnership Fund.
The primary purpose and goal of the event was to provide a platform for service providers in Toronto to enhance their learning, knowledge and application of mental health within their practice and work with youth experiencing mental health challenges. While also encouraging and also empowering these practitioners to pursue or continue to seek continued learning opportunities such as the Addictions and Mental Health Certificate Program and other Humber related courses.
The theme of the conference was trauma-informed practice and entailed a keynote speaker and five workshops including a networking opportunity for participants to build community capacity by creating community projects after the conference. The keynote presentation and some of the workshops were facilitated by our very own Humber faculty and staff from the Gatehouse. Some of the workshop themes included: neurobiology and neuroscience of mental health, war-related trauma and self-care.
With the success of this event and deep need for such an event, there are plans in process for this to be an annual conference as a collaborative community project between Humber College and the Rexdale/Etobicoke community. A special thank-you to Natalie for her leadership with this event!