Interactive online conversations featuring youth workers, young people and researchers

How can we create safe spaces for young Black men to speak openly about their mental health, seek support, and move towards wellness?

Join us for a screening of the short film, The Zeta Project (2020). The film tells the story of a young Black man who is searching for ways to understand and cope with his mental health, including his struggle, with openness without judgement.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Soch Nwakaeze and Eben Odonkor, and other special guests on the importance of confronting the stigma around mental health for young Black men and adopting healing-centred approaches to wellness.

The filmmakers describe The Zeta Project: “The goal of this short film is to create a safe space for dialogue and give us the opportunity to seek support, find people who can relate to each other, and move towards wellness.”

Following the screening, Chantal Phillips will facilitate a conversation with Soch Nwakaeze and Eben Odonkor, joined by special guests:

Chantal is a medical student at the University of Toronto, a Research Assistant with YouthREX, and Project Manager of the Black COVID Resilience Health Promotion Project with Black Health Alliance.

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Host & Facilitator: Chantal Phillips
Chantal is a medical student at the University of Toronto. Her research and advocacy interests include addressing oppression, with a specific focus on harm reduction anti-Black racism in academic, political, and health-based contexts. She is currently working as a research assistant for YouthREX and project manager of the Black COVID Resilience Health Promotion Project with Black Health Alliance.

Sochima Nwakaeze, Director
Soch is based in Toronto, Ontario, and is co-founder of kameleons, a media production company that pushes diversity and change through content or services. He loves life and all of its gifts and trials. The journey of a human life is encompassed with beauty. Our history is rich and our stories are pure. Soch has a passion for telling stories through the lens of humanity, and his biggest goal is to tell untold African stories.

Eben Odonkor, Director

Eben, born in Oslo, Norway, grew up in Accra, Ghana, and moved to Canada to attend the University of Windsor. Upon graduation, Eben went on to write and co-direct the short drama film The Zeta Project. This film is his directorial debut and inaugural production post-graduation, after working as a crew member on several shorts in college. His main career goal is to direct feature films and bring light to many untold stories.

Paul Bailey, Interim Executive Director, Black Health Alliance
Paul is a strategist, urban planner, and Interim Executive Director at the Black Health Alliance. Paul has spent the last decade working with youth, and designing interventions focused on: health and wellbeing, community violence, mental health and addictions, and the social service sector. His work is currently focused on social development, health equity, and addressing the causes of neighbourhood distress and inequality.

Asante Haughton, Peer Development and Training Manager, Stella's Place
Asante has emerged as a leader in mental health. A veteran of the speaker circuit,
Asante has presented across the globe, including a pair of TEDx talks telling stories detailing the impact of family trauma on mental health. Through his work, Asante was also named as a CAMH 150 Difference Maker, being awarded the distinction of being one of the top 150 difference makers in Canadian mental health. Since 2019 as the host of Cypher, a web show that takes caregiving stories and turns them into songs, Asante has been interviewing loved ones supporting loved ones to spotlight the healing power of connection. In addition, Asante has rediscovered his love of writing, becoming a contributing editor to Inspire Magazine, a wellness resource for youth. Most recently, Asante has co-founded the Reach Out Response Network, an advocacy organization currently working with the City of Toronto to usher in transformative crisis response reform.


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