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Kingstec students plan to Pull Back the Curtain on stigma

The topics of addiction, mental health, disability and suicide are being explored through photography, workshops, speakers, film and a community resource fair as part of the upcoming Pull Back the Curtain event that is in the works at the local level. Pictured here, the planning committee gets to work. Keith Dykens photo
The topics of addiction, mental health, disability and suicide are being explored through photography, workshops, speakers, film and a community resource fair as part of the upcoming Pull Back the Curtain event that is in the works at the local level. Pictured here, the planning committee gets to work. - Contributed
KENTVILLE, N.S. —

Suicide is a topic we generally do not discuss, yet it is the leading cause of death in young people.

Did you know that one in five people live with mental illness? Or that almost everyone will face metal health challenges on their journey through live?

Did you know that addiction is not defined by the person breaking into houses to get their next “fix.” Someone with an addiction could be your neighbour, your cousin or your boss. Have you ever considered inviting someone who uses a wheelchair to your home only to realize that your house is inaccessible, so you forgo that opportunity to connect?

The one thing that these scenarios have in common is stigma. It prevents us from talking openly about important topics and it prevents us from planning communities that consider that needs of all people.

The Addictions Community Outreach students, together with students in Disability Supports and Services program and ALP at Kingstec, are planning an event called Pull Back the Curtain to be held the afternoon of March 31 and 9:15 a.m. to mid-afternoon April 1 and 2. The topics of addiction, mental health, disability and suicide are being explored through photography, workshops, speakers, film and a community resource fair.

Pull Back the Curtain will start with a photography exhibit focusing on the theme of stigma at Hardware Gallery in Kentville from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 31. In addition to the presentations April 1 and 2, this event will offer a full-day workshop on Trauma Informed Practice for a limited number of participants. The entire event is free to attendees but, as space is limited, it is recommended that people wishing to attend register early on Eventbrite.

For more information, contact Renee Doucet at 902-880-6527 or W0270208@gmail.com.

Call for photographers

Calling photographers of all skill levels: on March 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Hardware Gallery in Kentville will be displaying photographs on stigma and overcoming stigma as part of the Pull Back the Curtain event hosted by the Addictions Community Outreach students at Kingstec. Submit an electronic copy of a photo addressing this theme to community@hardwaregallery.ca before March 14 to have your photo become part of this important conversation.

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