Rise Up Strong: A video/song collaboration to support street health workers’ wellbeing

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Street health and harm reduction workers who provide healthcare to people experiencing homelessness and addictions have been under pressure for a while now, owing to a lack of affordable housing, and the ongoing opioid epidemic. The pandemic has made things even more challenging for these nurses and frontline workers.Rise Up Strong is a 6-minute song/video created by street health workers, a singer/songwriter and a researcher-filmmaker filmmaker working with researchers at the School of Nursing to raise awareness about the need to support street health workers’ wellbeing as they care for community members impacted by racism, trauma, stigma, poverty, mental illness and addictions.

In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, please view and share Rise Up Strong (https://youtu.be/YZlfGG1c2f0) to spread the word that we need to care for street health workers everywhere, and here at home in Ottawa. 

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