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Coalition to End Homelessness to screen Wisdom of Trauma film in Campbell River

Local panel to also speak at event
The Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness is presenting the film The Wisdom of Trauma in October. Photo courtesy The Wisdom of Trauma

The Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness is presenting a screening of “The Wisdom of Trauma” followed by a panel discussion in October.

On Oct. 12, the film will be screened at the River City Players Theatre in Campbell River.

“In this 90-minute documentary, discover the interconnected epidemics of anxiety, chronic illness, and substance use disorder,” says a description of the event online. “In the Wisdom of Trauma, we travel alongside physician, bestselling author, and Order of Canada recipient Dr. Gabor Maté to explore why Western society is facing such epidemics. This is a journey with a man who has dedicated his life to understanding the connection between illness, addiction, trauma, and society.”

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts. These include Kelsi Baine, Executive Director, Counsellor Upper Island Counselling; Amy LaRocque-Walker, Counsellor at Carihi Secondary; and Sarah Day, Clinical Counsellor with the John Howard Society.

“Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world,” the event page says. “Dr. Maté gives us a new vision: A trauma-informed society in which we are not concerned with fixing behaviours, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms, and judging, but seek instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviours and diseases spring. He points us to the path of individual and collective healing.”

The event takes place on Oct. 12, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are free and are limited, but can be found at