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#OurLondonFamily Supports and Resources

June 10 - July 31

SUPPORT SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS


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.


UNITED AND STRONG

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

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqduigrDojE9UB_jQi1GZLJ8MoW7i1DrzQ

Session 2: June 25 – 7:30-9:00

Supporting your children through trauma.

Details to follow.

Session 3: July 9 – 7:30-9:00

Nurturing a hate-free community.

Details to follow


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

Holding Space for Healing

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL

Collective Healing Space


SFP SUPPORT

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


OTHER SERVICES


Victim Services of Middlesex-London | Ontario

https://www.vsmiddlesex.org

226-678-4631

University Mental Health Services
Book a counselling appointment via phone: 519-661-3030
https://www.uwo.ca/health/psych/index.html

Naseeha Mental Health Helpline
1-866-627-3342
This resource offers peer support for Muslim youth

Khalil Center
1-855-543-5752
http://khalilcenter.com
Helpline and therapy services rooted in Islamic principles

Crisis Text Line
Text ‘HOME’ to 741741
https://www.crisistextline.org/
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.


HELPFUL RESOURCES


This slide series Courtesy of Yaqeen Institute.


Still.
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.


MISCELLANEOUS


#OurLondonFamily Lawn Signs


#allarewelcomehere Lawn Signs

London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership


SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY

The family has clearly expressed their wish to not receive any financial support for the child. Instead, they are encouraging any donations to go to charity and towards fighting Islamophobia. A trust fund has been set up by the London Muslim Mosque in the family’s name for this purpose.

https://www.londonmosque.com/shop/afzaal-family-fund-122?category=2&fbclid=IwAR20yrT6ktYACarfXzQ3dJjT7dD6Oap8uDJD3vAKe6dy7FMfSlQqpQKRpQI#attr=114

The family has also endorsed Islamic Relief Canada as their charity of choice under the campaign banner London Community United Against Hate on LaunchGood.

https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/london_community_united_against_hate#!/

Details

Start:
June 10
End:
July 31