Visiting a resident at one of my favourite places, the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, in Guelph.
Hi, I'm Sarah Stewart.
I am a Registered Social Worker (OCSWSSW) and a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor (Basic and Youth courses) with Mental Health First Aid Canada. I’ve also developed trainings on Trauma-Informed Practice, Compassion Fatigue, and more.
I started Open Minds to share these and other invaluable mental health trainings to a broad range of audiences. I’ve facilitated trainings for social service workers, legal services staff, youth leaders engaged in decolonization and reconciliation work, faith-based volunteers, peer mentors, and many others. I know that mental health can be tough to talk about, and that we sometimes need guidance on how to do so with confidence and skill. I believe there are no stupid questions, and that learning environments can be transformative spaces when we let ourselves be challenged and open-minded!
I have been privileged to work in community development, front-line client service, community mental health, curriculum development, and facilitation, in Victoria, B.C., Toronto, Guelph, and Halton. In those roles I’ve presented on a number of topics, from sex workers’ rights to wellness for helping professionals. I’m passionate about encouraging practical, trauma-informed, and open-minded approaches to all kinds of work.
I grew up in the Maritimes and now live with my partner and fur-family in Guelph, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral). I continue to learn about the impact of colonization in this country and what decolonization can look like, and try to put this into practice in my day to day life.
Questions? Please get in touch! I look forward to meeting you.