ABRAR Trauma and Mental Health has piloted and created many projects related to trauma and mental health to support marginalised groups with focus on immigrants and newcomers, and continues to advocate within the community .
In This Together
A National Mental Health Campaign to advocate and call for a Post Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan for youth in Canada, with the focus on those who come from marginalised backgrounds. The In This Together Campaign was launched in Feb 2021. During this time, we conducted research; hosted support groups for BIPOC youth; facilitated workshops; had an open letter signed by community organizations and youth across Canada; and will be hosting our Together Towards Recovery Conference II on Bell Let’s Talk Day: Jan-26-2022, along with publishing our final report for Recovery recommendations.
In light of the continued Islamphobic incidents in Canada, Brave Space was created as an early intervention module of support group sessions for Muslim women who felt threatened and have been impacted by the recent islamaphobic incidents. Brave Space was successfully piloted in Hamilton in November & December 2021 with the great support from HCCI & SACHA & Nrinder Nann.
Friends & Coffee
Friends & Coffee was successfully piloted during the pandemic in partnership with Syrian Canadian Foundation. After COVID-19 hit the world suddenly, the implications have been continuously hard on families, especially newcomers. Friends & Coffee was tailored with this in mind, as to support Arabic speaking newcomer women across Canada.
Dil Ba Dil
A pilot project as an early intervention model to support Afghan women, who are new arrivals to Canada by helping them to heal and thrive within their new community.
Nonviolent Communication training
Nonviolent Communication training is a training program about communication techniques that allow us to connect with our feelings, listen and take care of our needs, and express ourselves clearly, while taking into account the feelings and needs of others. The training is being offered to Arabic speaking newcomer youth and was delivered successfully in summer 2021 in partnership with Giraffe Effect Group in Turkey.
Syrian Trauma healing
A project where a brave space is provided to refugees and newcomers from diverse backgrounds. The aim is to support their healing process through culturally sensitive, trauma informed, and art based approaches in order to enable them to thrive and move towards their own success. The project is in the process of creation and development.