September 18, 2017
3:30 pm to 4:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Oh Yes I Can (OSI-CAN) Recover
About the Session:
Suppose you could fill a significant gap in support for individuals suffering with Operational Stress Injury (OSI) commonly called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? What if this support was provided not only in the bigger centres but the rural communities as well? Now imagine if this initiative could be supported by a network of services provided by the local communities. OSI-CAN has done just that with our target group consisting of Canadian Armed Forces and Allied Armed Forces veterans, First Responders and Corrections. Our unique model has spread across the province, and we currently have four active support groups. The results have been remarkable. A need for a “virtual” support group has also been identified and is being tested. We will present the results during our presentation. Join us as we present how an OSI/PTSD support initiative was built, how it is sustained and the benefit to those in recovery.
Julius Brown is a Vietnam War era veteran who served in the military for many years. His father, 2 brothers and a son are veterans with a daughter still serving. He was employed with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in the Justice Community Support Program before being selected as the new provincial coordinator for the OSI-CAN Support Initiative.
Breaking Rural and Urban Barriers to Mental Health Support
About the Session:
Our presentation will start with the presenters giving a brief bio of themselves and their own personal experiences with the barriers to mental health support and resources. We will then illustrate the realities of the mental health barriers unique to rural and urban Saskatchewan. The presentation will highlight our goals to aiding in this mental health crisis. These goals include demographically tailored education, resource collaboration, and peer support development throughout the province. The presentation will conclude with a Q and A session.
Cathleen MacPhee and Samantha Rogers Magiera each understand the glass ceiling perpetuated by mental health stigma due to their own unique, personal experiences. These women have turned their pain into passion, supporting others who may be experiencing a gap in the mental health support services presently available to them.