This session was offered as part of the Healthy Workplace Mental Health Speaker Series 2020/2021. Find out more.
Often when we talk about resilience, we look to the factors that protect us against the negative impacts of stressful experiences. Less attention is paid to what is needed after a traumatic stressor appears to have been dealt with. The question becomes one of how individuals can thrive when it is understood that the world is not necessarily a safe place, uncertainties abound, and feelings of control are often illusory. This talk will consider how resilience, in light of such challenges to our assumptions, might come about through our relationships with others, finding spiritual meaning or connections, and creating a space where one feels ‘at home’.
About the Researcher
Kim Matheson is the joint Research Chair in Culture and Gender Mental Health at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research and Carleton University. Her research concerns the unique experiences of various social and ethnoracial groups that are a source of both vulnerability and resilience in relation to mental health outcomes. She is the project co-lead of the Indigenous Youth Futures Partnership that works with First Nations organizations and communities in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation to co-develop and evaluate approaches to promoting community and youth resilience. She is founding director of The Canadian Health Adaptations, Innovations, and Mobilization (CHAIM) Centre at Carleton University.
Mental Health Speaker Series
This session is part of the Healthy Workplace Mental Health Speaker Series 2020/2021. Find out more.