On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Carnegie Community Action Project is hosting a community planning meeting for a participatory research project on mental health in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). In response to the City of Vancouver’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions, which currently has only three of over sixty members who are community participants with experience of the mental health care system, we want to create an alternative community vision for mental health.
A community vision that centers and builds of the voices of community members with experiences of mental illness and more broadly directly affected by the mental health ‘crisis’. Contrary to the City, we think that people with experience of mental illness are not just patients, but also experts of their own health and wellbeing.
Through the project we are hoping to shed light on the social determinants of our mental health, including the impacts of colonialism, racism, sexism, multi-generational oppression, poverty, SRO hotels, low welfare rates, lack of supports and housing.
When: 6pm, Tuesday, February 2nd
Where: Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova
Accessibility Info: front door: 5 feet width / front door step: 6 inch height / ramp: 34 inch width / washroom door: 33 inch width / toilet: 10 inch clearance on left side / 14 inch clearance in front to sink / the washroom has a handrail
The objective of the community planning meeting is to inform, involve and consult community members in the planning of the project. Some of the questions we will discuss are why do we need our own community vision of mental health, how we define and understand mental health and illness, and what are the most urgent concerns regarding mental health in the community.
The meeting will be taking place on the unceded coast salish territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Wauthuth (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/