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Opening Up: Creating Healing Spaces for Young Black Men

2021-01-28 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

How can we create safe spaces for young Black men to speak openly about their mental health, seek support, and move towards wellness?

Join us for a screening of the short film, The Zeta Project (2020). The film tells the story of a young Black man who is searching for ways to understand and cope with his mental health, including his struggle, with openness without judgement.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Soch Nwakaeze and Eben Odonkor, and other special guests on the importance of confronting the stigma around mental health for young Black men and adopting healing-centred approaches to wellness.

The filmmakers describe The Zeta Project: “The goal of this short film is to create a safe space for dialogue and give us the opportunity to seek support, find people who can relate to each other, and move towards wellness.”

Following the screening, Chantal Phillips will facilitate a conversation with Soch Nwakaeze and Eben Odonkor, joined by special guests:

  • Paul Bailey, Interim Executive Director, Black Health Alliance
  • Asante Haughton, Peer Development and Training Manager, Stella’s Place

Chantal is a medical student at the University of Toronto, a Research Assistant with YouthREX, and Project Manager of the Black COVID Resilience Health Promotion Project with Black Health Alliance.