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Join Us As We Raise Funds And Awareness To End Violence Against Women And Girls

January 23, 2012, OTTAWA: On February 24th and 25th 2012, at 8pm, V-Day The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) in partnership with Minwaashin Lodge will present a two night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues at The Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa. Tickets start at $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased online http://thevaginamonologuesottawa.eventsbot.com/ and in the community at Mother Tongue Books (1067 Bank St.) and Venus Envy (320 Lisgar Ave.)

Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performance of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, readings from V-Day’s A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer and Any One Of Us: Words From Prison and screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops. The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day Ottawa 2012 Campaign.

The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is excited to not only be involved, but hosting in partnership with Minwaashin Lodge, this benefit production of The Vagina Monologues at The Bronson Centre, on February 24th and 25th 2012, at 8PM on behalf of the V-Day 2012 Campaign. This benefit production is sponsored by SASC Ottawa, CelebrateHER.org, Rytec and CHUO FM 89.1. The proceeds of this year’s production will go towards two local charities working to end violence against women: The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa (SASC) and Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre. Also, 10% of proceeds will go towards the VDay 2012 spotlight campaign – Women and Girls of Haiti.

For more Information Visit: SASC

Community Lifelines

Check out www.communitylifelines.com

Community Lifelines is a group that provides strengths-based approaches to solutions for challenges related to wellness, mental health and suicide prevention. Their focus is on the importance of connectednes to mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Connectedness of individuals, families and communities.

David Masecar, a Psychological Associate who runs the organization quotes the following:

"A few years ago I had the opportunity to take a closer look at how communities are able to go from high suicide rates to much lower rates, or how individuals and families were able to lessen the impact of suicide, even multiple suicides. In meeting with individuals and groups, sharing stories one factor became clear - connectedness. Individuals, families and communities that increased connectedness experienced a decline in the number of suicides and their impact. Connectedness could mean connecting with culture, family, community, each other or even activities. Since that time, in stories, comments and observations shared by individuals, families and communities, this theme has repeated many times over."

And says:
The above is both simple and complex. The idea of increased "connectedness" can be misinterpreted as "if we all just hold hands and get along", our problems will be solved. While true to some degree, the dynamic of connectedness requires recognizing the impact of history, trauma and how systems (political, social, economic, religious) fragment, rather than connect communities. it also requires different frameworks for addressing challenges (biological, psychological, social and spiritual) that build upon skills and resources, rather than reinforcing deficits and dysfunction.

Community Lifelines conducts research, provides workshops and training and provides conference and meeting planning. More detailed information about these services can be found on their website, along with links to other resources - toolkits, pamphlets, check-lists and links to presentations, websites and organizations.

New Inuit Specific Resource Centre

Inuit Specific Suicide Prevention Resources

This section of the Honouring Life Network highlights some key Inuit specific suicide prevention resources for your use. More resources are available in English in the Resource section of the Honouring Life Network.
Check it out here