Well-Being of the Black Community
February 11 I 4:00PM - 5:30PM
A Black History Month Speaker event presented by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Counselling Services, and the International Centre at NAIT.
This workshop aims to raise awareness of mental health well-being and stigma amongst the black community. During this workshop, we are going to:
• Explore the intersectionailty of mental health (experience) in the racialized community
• Discuss the experiences of living in two cultures and the impacts on mental wellness
• Normalize the experiences of accessing supports and share resources for accessing mental health support
About the Speaker:
Noreen Sibanda was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Canada, where she has spent the last decade working in the community supporting refugee and immigrant families. Her notable work includes working on youth research projects with the University of Alberta, coordinating summer youth programs and more recently focusing on bringing awareness to mental health. Her passion to destigmatize and increase access to mental health services has led her to work within schools and in a community-based organization offering counselling services at a sliding scale to eliminate barriers. Noreen holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a practising Registered Provisional Psychologist in Edmonton. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the Alberta Black Therapist Network (ABTN, albertablacktherapistnetwork.com) – a network of Black licensed and regulated professionals from various interdisciplinary backgrounds working in the field of mental health and addictions. The network was formed out of need – in response to the health inequalities, in particular in mental health experienced by black Canadians, the ABTN understands that it will take anti-black racism, anti-oppressive and systematic changes to improve the mental well-being for Black Canadians.
This event is open to all NAIT students and staff who:
• Self identifies as a member of the black community
• Is a friend or related to members of the black community and wants to provide support
• Wants to increase their knowledge about mental health concerns experienced by the black community