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#OurLondonFamily Supports and Resources

June 10, 2021 - August 31, 2021


Please note that this is only one of many workshops and support sessions that we are working on; the whole community has been impacted by this tragedy and we anticipate that we will need grief and trauma counselling on a huge scale as the reality of what happened starts to really sink in. As details are finalized, we will post and advertise these initiatives on social media.


This workshop series has been organized in collaboration with Victim Services of London and Middlesex.

Session 1: June 18 – 7:30-9:00

Helping to heal yourself.

An overview of recognizing trauma and its impact.

Nidaa Khalil, PhD; Melissa Wilkins, Coordinator Victim Services

Session 2: June 25 – 7:30-9:00

Supporting your children through trauma.

Paying attention to trauma-related cues and clues in children.

Dr. Sohail Makhdoom, Child and Parent Resource Institute CPRI; Melissa Wilkins, Coordinator Victim Services

Session 3: July 9 – 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Nurturing a hate-free community.

Collective resilience and adaptive peace-building.

Dr. Michael Ungar, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University; Melissa Wilkins, Coordinator, Victim Services


Session 4: August 11 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Ask me anything #OurLondonFamily

A psychiatrist’s advice on managing mental health, Islamophobia, and trauma for youth.

Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Program


This is the fourth session in the United and Strong workshop series being organized in collaboration with Victim Services of London and Middlesex.

Dr. Sukhera is an Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is cross-appointed to the Department of Paediatrics. He is also a Scientist at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation at Western University. His interdisciplinary research program explores novel approaches to stigma reduction and implicit bias recognition and management in health professionals. Since 2012, he has secured over 2 million dollars in grant funding and his research has been published in high impact journals. He is routinely interviewed by local and national media for his expertise on equity, stigma, and bias.

He teaches in all four years of Schulich’s Undergraduate Medical Program where he also served as Academic Director, Global Health Curriculum from 2013-2016. He also teaches psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and paediatrics residents, and led the psychiatry residency’s ethics portfolio from 2013-2018.

In addition to his work as a clinician-researcher, he is also involved in numerous committees and councils at local, national, and international levels. He is Chair of the London Police Services Board and a former member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Board of Directors. He is also Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association.

Additional Safe Place Group sessions will be arranged if there is a need for those who attend and require continued support and guidance within a group support environment. For more resources and information please go to www.mrcssi.com.

Other Support Sessions

Other support sessions and workshops being organized by our Public Education and Community Programs team are listed at https://linktr.ee/mrcssi_pub_ed. Note that most of these sessions are geared towards women and girls; the are conducted through a trauma-informed lens, with an understanding of gendered experiences.


The following support session is intended for existing participants in the Strengthening Families Program and organized by the Evidence-Based Programs team.

Community Chat Link


Victim Services of Middlesex-London | Ontario



University Mental Health Services
Book a counselling appointment via phone: 519-661-3030

Naseeha Mental Health Helpline
This resource offers peer support for Muslim youth

Khalil Center
Helpline and therapy services rooted in Islamic principles

Crisis Text Line
Text ‘HOME’ to 741741
24-hour text crisis assistance

Racial Trauma is Real

Racial trauma is real. Many in the #ldnont community have been struggling. We know how trauma can work. This thread provides some background, info, and support for those who are struggling. #Ourlondonfamily

Trauma disrupts and shatters our sense of physical and psychological safety. Many are having a traumatic reaction presenting as grief, fear, and being sensitive to triggers. Many are struggling with poor sleep and amplified fear when they leave their homes.

It helps to think of recovery in phases. Phase 1 involves re-establishing safety and security. We can help our brain recognize that despite our fear we ARE safe. Our focus should be on managing fears, and re-establishing a sense of safety and control over how we feel.

Phase 2 involves processing grief, integrating traumatic memories into our daily lives, and gradually restoring functioning. We give ourselves more space to remember, grieve, and keep moving forward in our lives one step at a time.

Phase 3 involves restoring our connections and relationships while enhancing our sense of confidence. We reconnect with a life worth living, recognizing things will never be the same, but should be inspired by our own strength to heal.

Everyone deals with trauma in different ways. One thing to remember is that establishing safety is crucial in the immediate days after an event. Large gatherings and reminders can be retraumatizing and triggering for many.

Take all the space you need.

Sleep is also crucial to recovery. Try to get as much healthy sleep as you can. If you need help, reach out.

Naseeha Helpline
Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration – mrcssi
and http://muslimmentalhealth.ca
have more resources.

My last point is about the unique nature of racial trauma. Many are experiencing re-traumatization from their own experiences of racial trauma, and are re-traumatized when people who previously ignored racism suddenly seem to care. This is why anyone seeking ways to support their racialized friends and colleagues should protect them from the emotional burden of dealing with extra guilt. Give others’ space, grace, and time, before expecting them to talk about what happened.

Dr. Javeed Sukhera

Shared with permission.


This slide series Courtesy of Yaqeen Institute.

We are heartbroken. The cruel hate-motivated killing of three generations of a Muslim Canadian family in London, Ontario on June 6, 2021 has shattered us all. Our thoughts are with the youngest surviving son. We cannot imagine the pain and grief of such a loss. Our deepest condolences to all the friends and loved ones of this beautiful family…
With permission from Snow Angel Films.


#OurLondonFamily Lawn Signs

#allarewelcomehere Lawn Signs

London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership


June 10, 2021
August 31, 2021