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Book a Jack Talk for Indigenous Youth

Jack Talks for Indigenous Youth explore mental health and healing from across Turtle Island through culturally relevant lenses. You’ll learn about the essentials of mental health and hear from Indigenous young people about their experiences with mental health struggle, stigma, and the relationship between culture, community, and mental health. With the support and care of an Indigenous facilitator in place, participants will then take part in a sharing circle exploring lessons and reflections.

Jack Talks for Indigenous Youth are:

  • Made up of two parts: 
  1. A video portion that includes an explainer of the social determinants of mental health from Indigenous perspectives and a youth story about navigating mental health through personal, community, and cultural understandings
  2. A live sharing circle
  • Designed to take place in a classroom or community setting as a way to create a safe and culturally relevant space for Indigenous youth to connect and have honest discussion about mental health
  • Created so spaces where Indigenous youth and non-Indigenous youth gather together can become safer, and culturally responsive to Indigenous needs. Your audience does not need to be all Indigenous youth, this is a collaborative space.
  • Led by an Indigenous facilitator who will guide participants through a sharing circle exploring what they learned and will ensure they feel supported throughout the Talk
  • Meant for Indigenous people aged 15–24 
  • Free for Indigenous communities and classrooms
Bring an Indigenous Jack Talk to your community to help destigmatize mental health conversation and provide a safe and appropriate space for Indigenous young people to learn about signs of mental health struggle in themselves and their peers and how to reach out for support.

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