With support from the Ministry of Social Services of the Northwest Territories, members and guests of the Durham TAMI Coalition visited Yellowknife, NWT in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in order to deliver training to the Yellowknife community as they have integrated the TAMI model into their schools and community. Yellowknife participants in the training included: high school and intermediate teaching staff and students; community mental health clinicians, school board superintendents and representatives from the Ministry of Social Services, NWT.
This connection was made through The Opening Minds Program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and allowed TAMI to share information about mental health literacy, forming a coalition, speaker training, implementing the Summit Model and the In-Class Curriculum model, ultimately resulting in an enthusiastic group forming their own Coalition, targeting all 12 grade 8 classes in Yellowknife.
During all of these trips, members of TAMI Durham were met with incredible hospitality and kindness (as well as very cold weather!). TAMI Durham members were struck by how engaged and open the Yellowknife community was and impressed by the amount of work that had gone into preparation for the visits.
TAMI’s message of Stomping Out Stigma is shared by our partners in Yellowknife. The Northwest Territories’ Ministry of Health and Social Services produced a video to spread this message.