Storytelling and direct experiential connection play a powerful role in de-stigmatizing common conceptions of mental health, addiction and poverty while furthering an understanding of ourselves and the places we live in and, as such, envision our movement as a model for healing and reconnection in other cities around Canada, and the world.
Mental health, addiction and trauma are interwoven in a debilitating web of stigmatization, marginalization and poverty that impacts ourselves and our community on many levels. Understanding these social ills through our personal and community perspective is a crucial step towards creating meaningful dialogue and transformative action in making a safe, progressive and vibrant community. Storytelling and direct experiential connection can play a powerful role in de-stigmatizing common conceptions of mental health, addiction and poverty and can further an understanding of ourselves and the places we live in.
To see our communal programming strengthen community bonds and connection between the general public and all groups facing marginalization and stigmatization in Victoria – ultimately culminating in the implementation of policy and community driven solutions. In the longer term we envision a school outreach program that would engage youth and children in dialogue, reflection and storytelling around homelessness, race and similar topics.