Date
Thu, Jan 25, 2018, 6pm - 8pm
Featuring
Uzoma Asagwara
Jón Olafson
Location
Manitoba Music
Address
1-376 Donald St, Winnipeg, MB
Promoter
Big Fun Productions
Manitoba Music
 

Manitoba Music & Big Fun present
MENTAL HEALTH IN MUSIC        

Discussion facilitated by Uzoma Asagwara RPN BScPN

Short presentations by Jón Olafson, M.Ed, CCC

Thursday, January 25 / FREE / 6-8PM / Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald St

Whether you’re on stage or behind the scenes, mental health issues can have a major impact on every aspect of your career and life. Recent studies on the conditions of people working in music indicate that a majority are facing significant health and wellness issues. Join us for a discussion about challenges faced by the music community. With this event, we hope to open a conversation in the local music community on these issues, listen to priorities and needs, work towards de-stigmatizing mental health in our scene, and offer some info on resources and tools available.

The discussion will be facilitated by Uzoma Asagwara, a Winnipeg-based entrepreneur, registered psychiatric nurse, former member of the Premier's Advisory Council on education, poverty, and citizenship, and the founder of QPOC Winnipeg.

The event will also feature a short presentation on mental health awareness and literacy by Jón Olafson, a registered clinical therapist, DJ, and educator the Counselling Psychology Department at the University of Manitoba.

Presented by Manitoba Music and Big Fun, this panel discussion is part of January Music Meeting, which runs in conjunction with the Big Fun Festival, January 25-28. Find out more at manitobamusic.com/jmm

This is an open discussion that may cover difficult topics related to mental health, wellness, and addiction. There will be a trained clinician available on-site for support in a private room.

Manitoba Music is located in a heritage building with three steps from the sidewalk to the front door and then one short flight of stairs to the main office door. There are 50 chairs available, limited standing room on the wings of the room, and two couches. Priority seating will be given to those in need (please talk to a staff member or to reserve a spot in advance, please contact Manitoba Music at info@manitobamusic.com or 204.942.8650). There is one private gender neutral washroom. There is metred street parking on the street and a pay lot across the street.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Uzoma Asagwara is an entrepreneur, registered psychiatric nurse, former member of the Premier's Advisory Council on education, poverty, and citizenship, retired member of the Canadian Women's National basketball team, and founder of QPOC Winnipeg. QPOC is an initiative that creates safer spaces for queer and trans people of colour in Winnipeg.

Jón Jackson Olafson coordinates counselling services and mental health initiatives for Winnipeg’s largest urban school division, is a registered clinical therapist in private practice, and teaches in the Counselling Psychology Department at the University of Manitoba. As DJ J. Jackson, he is one half of Winnipeg’s favourite DJ duo, House of Gold Diamonds. He performs regularly across the city (including Big Fun 2016) and has headlined events ranging from Toronto, all the way to Iceland Pride.

 

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