Bodily autonomy continues to face unprecedented challenges, even in the 21st century. Globally, gender affirming care has been politicized to justify restricting or limiting access to – for many – life saving care. As anti-trans groups continue to organize locally and globally, we stand in support of our local Two-Spirit, transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse communities. The Greater Hamilton Health Network (GHHN) recognizes the right to receive gender-affirming care for all in our catchment area and beyond.
CMHA National announces the Mental Health Week theme each year. The theme this year was #MyStory, in recognition that everyone has a story to tell about mental health. Your Story may be about your own personal experience, or how mental illness
has touched your life through the experience of a loved one, someone you care for, or a work experience. Story telling is powerful, it’s healing, and it opens the door to being vulnerable and to being validated. It allows us to learn from each others’
experiences and build human connection. Mental Health Week (May 1-7) recognized that collectively and individually we all have multiple layers and stories that make us who we are.
Where do we look for direction to guide our work? Maybe it’s our education, research, experiences, influence from colleagues and mentors . . . maybe it’s a combination of all the above. Now ask yourself, of the above, what single factor has impacted and changed the way that you do things for the better? Is it experience? While education and research help to ground and support the direction of our work, it is our experiences that take things to another level. We see for ourselves what works, what doesn’t and why some things that should theoretically work or make sense, simply don’t.
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