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Members-Only Workshop – Transformative Mental Health

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET

This workshop seeks to deepen participant knowledge regarding current challenges and opportunities in the mental health landscape, with an intersectional focus on power, systems of oppression, and social justice. Grounded in the social and political forces that shaped the emergence and spread of medicalized approaches to mental health, participants will discuss mental health experiences through a lens of intersectionality, and review rich lineages of resistance both within and outside the system. Drawing on The Institute for the Development of Human Arts (IDHA)’s working definition for “transformative mental health,” participants will be introduced to language that normalizes complex human experiences, and invited to formulate their own definitions. This workshop uplifts a cross-movement approach to mental health, drawing connections between disability justice, racial justice, and other movements that center lived experience and address underlying causes of trauma and distress.

The Institute for the Development of Human Arts (IDHA) is a transformative mental health training institute bringing together mental health providers, peers, current and prior service users, advocates, artists, survivors of trauma and adversity, and all who are interested in exploring the link between personal and societal transformation.

This workshop is capped at 50 attendees to allow for the interactive, hands-on format. Registration will close when the event has reached capacity, so register today!

This workshop is only available to members of the Disability & Philanthropy Forum. If you work in philanthropy but are not a Forum member, we invite you to apply to become one!

About the Facilitators

A headshot of Noah Gokul, a Queer person of color, against a soft floral pink background. They facing the camera, wearing a light-colored headscarf and black hoodie.

Noah Gokul, Program Manager, IDHA

Noah (they/them) is a Queer multidisciplinary artist and educator here to create liberated worlds through art, storytelling, and sound. They grew up in Oakland, CA/unceded Ohlone land, and identify as a trauma survivor with sensitivities to the world around them. They use music and art for meaning-making and the healing of others, integrating these passions into their work as a peer for young adults in a first-episode psychosis program. They have facilitated in a wide variety of settings, at the intersections of anti-oppression, trauma, incarceration, Caribbean ancestry, music, and mental health. Through their incantations they create spaces of radical imagination and possibility.

Jessie Roth is a woman with shoulder-length dark brown hair wearing a black shirt. She is in front of a color-coded bookshelf topped by a sprawling green plant. She is smiling at the camera.

Jessie Roth, Director, IDHA

Jessie Roth (she/her) is a writer and activist with a decade of experience organizing at the intersection of mental health and social justice. She is a longtime organizer with IDHA, supporting the development of initiatives such as Mental Health Trialogue, a forum bridging the perspectives of peers, family members, and providers. Inspired by her family’s experiences with the mental health system, Jessie’s work is focused on the healing power of storytelling and the importance of cross-movement organizing for mental health liberation. Her writing has been published in the book We’ve Been Too Patient: An Anthology of Voices from Radical Mental Health, the Intima Journal of Narrative Medicine, and the Village Voice.

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