Mama, RN, and Founder of @STARLINGS_CA , relentlessly advocating for supports for families exposed to the stigma of a parent鈥檚 substance use.

Treaty 7 territory
Joined August 2019
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Tune into today's webinar by @Wisdom2Action that will uncover the realities of anti-black #racism in #Canada and showcase the work currently being done to help support Black youth & communities across the country. 馃 As a proud funder, we urge our network to attend 馃憞
Thanks to funding from our partners @Frayme_Cadre we are launching our 2-part webinar series taking place May 17th & May 19th! Learn more about the realities of anti-Black racism in Canada & the work being done to address & tackle it. Sign up here: bit.ly/3EL9CHM
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There鈥檚 a lot to unpack. 1) Yes docs can wear avocado t-shirts and dress casually to reduce barriers to health care. 2) Community Family Docs can visit their patients in hospital. 3) Can I really not have to ask the white doctor permission to see my own patient? We do have the /5
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Join us on May 17 & 18 as the UN review Canada under the Convention on the Rights of the Child begins. To amplify the voices of youth & create a safe discussion space, we're hosting a children's viewing party. #UNCRC #cdnpoli Join: bit.ly/37MrI03
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#stigma is harming #children whose parents use substance or who have a substance use disorder, placing #families at risk of repeating cycles of #stress and #trauma. Help us end the stigma. Read our FULL report 馃憞馃徏馃憞馃徏馃憞馃徏
This #InternationalDayofFamilies , we are reminding our community that #families whose #parents use substances or who have a substance use disorder matter, too. Read our report here to learn how stigma is harming families 馃憠馃徏 starlings.ca/_files/ugd/990b鈥
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It continues to be an honour to present to our communities on the harms stigma imposed on youth exposed to a parents substance use stigma. Learn more via our report at starlings.ca. Thanks @UPEDIA_KHLF !!
Our founder, @theagneschen , will be presenting tomorrow for @UPEDIA_KHLF with a focus on how #stigma harms youth who are exposed to a parent鈥檚 substance use disorder and how we can support families to move forward with hope and healing. Have you registered馃憞馃徏馃憞馃徏馃憞馃徏馃憞馃徏
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To our peers who have been impacted by the stress and #stigma of a parent鈥檚 substance use, you are NOT alone, you are strong and resilient, and we would love to remind you of this until you FEEL it馃憞馃徏馃憞馃徏#ittakesavillagetoraiseafamily
Mailing more of our Forward with hope guides to our peers across #AB today馃挄. If YOU have been impacted by the stress &/or stigma of a parent鈥檚 substance use, we鈥檇 love to remind you that YOU are strong & resilient and that you are NOT alone. Connect w/ us at info@starlings.ca
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Thanks to all who keep sharing their thoughts on our 鈥渇orward with #hope guide鈥 (link in bio). We exist to make sure youth and adult peers feel seen and heard, because that is where the healing can happen #forwardwithhope #yyc #intergenerationalhealing
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Agnes Chen she/her retweeted
Happy Birthday, Groundbreakers!馃巿馃帀 We can't believe it's been a whole year since we started Frayme鈥檚 National #LivedExpertise Network. Let's Celebrate + Look back on what #FraymeGbrs did and how their voices contributed to system transformation! 馃У
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So grateful for the @Frayme_Cadre Groundbreakers team for their support 馃檶馃徏馃檶馃徏馃檶馃徏
Whether you're a youth, caregiver, and/or advocate, Groundbreakers can help match you with opportunities that give you the chance to shape the youth #MentalHealth system with your #LivedExpertise. Learn more about #FraymeGbrs 馃憠 frayme.ca/groundbreakers
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Thank you to @ucalgarynursing for the opportunity to share @STARLINGS_CA origin story yesterday. As nurses, we have the unique opportunity & important responsibility to protect the health & promote the #healing of families exposed to of substance use #stigma . #NursingWeek2022
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Agnes Chen she/her retweeted
Honouring Jordan River Anderson, his family and Norway House Cree Nation for the gift of #JordansPrinciple on this first official 鈦@SpiritBear鈦 Day here in Treaty 1 territory 鈦@cityofwinnipeg
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Agnes Chen she/her retweeted
The @CIHI_ICIS is working to understand the experiences of Canadians accessing #MentalHealth and #SubstanceUse services. Complete this short, anonymous survey to help improve these services across the country 馃憠 cihi.malatest.net/
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Develop your skills for #Empathy & deepen your understanding of its role in system transformation with this #MentalHealthWeek Activity: 1) Explore our roundup of #LivedExperience stories 2) Retweet one you found impactful & tell us why! 馃憞
Empathy can initiate societal change. This #MentalHealthWeek, immerse yourself in stories being told across our country and notice how #Empathy is at the heart of the work advancing system transformation in our #Youth mental health sector. 馃У
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Beyond grateful for the community that continues to support and uplift our work. Beyond grateful for the community loving on parents who are challenged by mental health and substance use issues, and their children. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
Sending a shout out to @timbitalks who have generously donated books to our care packs (link in bio) for youth and their caregivers AND huge shout out to the family loving on the babes in their life. #ittakesavillagetoraiseafamily #community
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We are ALL a part of the village that is raising the kids of our communities & our actions (or lack of) can harm or heal. As a peer to Alberta鈥檚 1 in 5 #youth who are exposed to the #stress of a parent鈥檚 substance use, your words & actions matter. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
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Community care at its finest. Congrats @AAWEAR_ 鈥淎AWEAR Peers will connect people who use drugs with health and needs services, promote safer drug use techniques, accommodate naloxone training and distribution, and conduct emergency intervention using trauma-informed care.鈥
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馃毃 THIS FRIDAY 馃毃 Excited to co-host screening & panel discussion of K铆mmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, in collab w/ @RockSoupGHFB @TurningPointAB @rdpl & @calgarylibrary Event reg. + panelist bios linked through our Facebook event 馃憞 fb.me/e/1sMRo5X54
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鈥淲e know that 1 bad experience can put someone off seeking help for years and that鈥檚 what we are really trying to change.鈥 New findings show #stigma around #alcohol and other drugs a major barrier for patients in their care journey鈥 #endthediscrimination monash.edu/medicine/news/lat鈥
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