M.H.F.N.S brings Opening Doors – End Family Violence to Millbrook First Nation

M.H.F.N.S brings Opening Doors – End Family Violence to Millbrook First Nation

by pmnationtalk on April 30, 2016307 Views

Apr 26, 2016

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the third
event in its year-long Opening Doors – End Family Violence (ODEFV)
campaign will take place June 2nd in Millbrook First Nation. Made possible
by a Department of Justice Canada grant and support from Lawtons, ODEFV will
visit five rural communities in Nova Scotia throughout 2015 and 2016. The
first two events took place in Pictou County in October 2015, and Annapolis
Valley in March 2016.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia brings Opening Doors – End Family
Violence to Millbrook First Nation
Free information session sponsored by Department of Justice Canada and
Lawtons

Dartmouth, NS – April 26, 2016

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the third
event in its year-long Opening Doors – End Family Violence (ODEFV)
campaign will take place June 2nd in Millbrook First Nation. Made possible
by a Department of Justice Canada grant and support from Lawtons, ODEFV will
visit five rural communities in Nova Scotia throughout 2015 and 2016. The
first two events took place in Pictou County in October 2015, and Annapolis
Valley in March 2016.

Millbrook First Nation was identified as an important location for Opening
Doors- End Family Violence following the recent suicide of MMA Fighter and
Firefighter, Cody Gloade. The Mental Health Foundation received an
outpouring of love and concern from friends of Cody who wanted to help raise
awareness and promote suicide prevention among their peers and community.
ODEFV will be a meaningful way to recognize Cody’s legacy.

“We know mental health is top of mind for many of our First Nations
communities right now,” says Starr Dobson, Mental Health Foundation of
Nova Scotia President & CEO. “We hope Opening Doors – End Family
Violence will bring awareness and create a forum for community members to
ask questions and voice their concerns.”

On June 2nd, residents of Millbrook First Nation and surrounding areas are
invited to attend a free session at the Millbrook Community Hall. The event
begins at 6:00 p.m. and will run for approximately 2 hours.

The event will feature a keynote address from Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life
Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the Director of World Health
Organization Collaborating Care in Mental Health Policy and Training at
Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre in Canada. Dr. Kutcher is a
renowned expert in adolescent mental health and leader in mental health
research, advocacy, training, and policy and has been involved in mental
health work in over 20 countries. He will share information relating to
youth mental health and suicide.

ODEFV Millbrook First Nation will also feature remarks from a first voice
speaker, local entertainment, information about a local mental health grant
funded by the Foundation, a question and answer period, door prizes, and
takeaway resources. It will be emceed by Starr Dobson.

“It’s important to bring this event to the community with the issue of
mental health being prevalent amongst community members,” says Millbrook
First Nation Chief, Bob Gloade. “It will provide support, assistance and
direction to those who are looking for help.”

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia encourages all members of the
community to attend this informative and inspirational event. Together,
we’re changing the way people think.

The next Opening Doors – End Family Violence workshops are being planned
for Cape Breton and Digby later this year.

To learn more, please visit www.mentalhealthns.ca/openingdoors

Opening Doors – End Family Violence, Millbrook First Nation
Thursday, June 2
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Millbrook Community Hall
70 Church Rd, Truro
Free Admission
Recommended for ages 12 +

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