When one in every five Canadians is affected by mental illness,it’s important for everyone to speak and hear the words “Me Too”
‘Me too’ means that we are not alone. It means that there are others who empathize, sympathize, support and care for us.
Join us at the fourth volume of the Me Too Conversations on May 11. And please consider bringing a friend. We have an incredible lineup of speakers for this event and we have seen how much a true, heartfelt story can touch people. If we are to truly fight back against stigma then we have to expand the conversation to include everyone.
Wed, May 11, 2016
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Erin Emiru (nee Hawkes) was raised in New Brunswick, studied (BSc) in Halifax, and moved to Vancouver to pursue a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at UBC. Despite a diagnosis in 2001 of schizophrenia, numerous hospitalizations, and several antipsychotic medication trials, she graduated in 2005. Since then, Erin’s memoir, When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey with Schizophrenia was published in 2012. She currently works as a Peer Support Coordinator at one of Vancouver Coastal Mental Health & Addiction Services’ Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams.
Stephen Epp is passionate about creating pathways for people to live beyond their illnesses and recover meaningful lives through individual, group, peer, and community-based interventions and approaches. He is the Occupational Therapy Practice Coordinator for Mental Health and Addictions with Vancouver Coastal Health and a tour-de-force advocate and educator for trauma-informed practice within the healthcare system.
Aaron Munro & Catherine Hume
Aaron is a queer/trans activist, community worker and Acting Associate Director at RainCity Housing. He has worked with the homeless population of the Downtown Eastside for almost ten years. Aaron strongly believes in community-identified solutions to community-identified issues.
Aaron will be presenting with Catharine, who is currently providing organizational development support to RainCity Housing. Before RainCity, Catharine was the Director for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project. Throughout her career, Catharine has attempted to work as an effective ally of people with lived experience of mental illness, substance use and homelessness by focusing on engaging people directly in processes and structures impacting their lives.
Join the Me Too community. Together, we can form a community that will grow and tear down the stigma surrounding mental illness.