October’s session is an invitation to shed light on dark matters. In light of AIDS awareness month, HFA is providing the opportunity to continue learning and healing from our community’s painful history. Join us as we meet Robert C. Cooper; Blood Brother, Creator, Writer, Director, and Executive Producer of the TV series, “Unspeakable.” Based on first-person experience and accounts, “Unspeakable” is a mini-series that chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis throughout Canada during the early 1980-90s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands with bleeding disorders were infected by tainted blood. Join Rob and special guest panelists for this Q & A session.
The themes shared in this education session will likely lead to a variety of emotions. For those who lost a loved one, the content may raise some especially difficult memories. HFA’s intention is to offer a safe space for the community to honor their memories, learn from their experiences, and discuss relevancy in today’s world as we continue to advocate for product safety and equitable access.
o Community Support – Given the nature of the sensitive topics and because we know that mental health support will likely be needed. HFA has prepared special mental health support aides as part this webinar and the community virtual chats surrounding it. A mental health professional and Mental Health First Aid volunteers will be available online for anyone needing assistance directly following the webinar. Please remain in the same session to continue the conversation.
o The support portion of this session will not be recorded. Anything shared in the support space stays in the support space. Ground rules will be reviewed at the beginning of the support session.
o Resources will be shared near the end of the session and are available online for those seeking additional education and/or mental health resources. You can also refer to our recent Dateline issue/article.