Uncovering the Red Roof
The Rooftop AdvocatesSt. Michael’s Mission
Presented by: Anya Piasecki and Anaëlle Thommasson
BSc(N), Final year students
St. Michael’s MissionPopulation:
Homeless or disadvantaged Male Immigrant, First Nation and Indigenous population 30-50 years old
70-80% of our clients have a mental health issue
Hot breakfast and lunch Showers Clean clothes Food pantry Crisis intervention and administrative support (social workers)
Health promotional priority Action statement
The clients of St. Michael’s Mission have the potential to improve their mental health related to their participation in a student nurse facilitated
workshop that aims to de-stigmatize issues surrounding mental health through encouraging active discussion, introducing the concept of stress management and effective coping strategies, as well as
increasing awareness of mental health community resources.
Why this project?
“We give them food, clothes, a place to stay but what they’re missing is someone to take care of their hearts”
–George Greene (Director of St. Michael’s Mission)
Health Services:Lack of knowledge + fear driven by stigma Underutilized
Personal Health Practices & Coping Skills:Providing a supportive environment in our workshop develop personal skills
Population Health Promotion Model
Potential desired outcomes: Improved quality of life and overall well being Increased insight and access to available resource
Plan & QAT process and results The QAT was to make sure our workshop…
…Respected health literacy levels…Contained realistic and useful coping strategies …Included relevant mental health resources…Had products (pamphlet) and activities that complemented it + Mental Health First Aid Canada Training in Kahnawake
ResultsMental Health Promotion approach > Focus on Mental Health issues and deficits
Moyra Allen strength based approach (McGill Model of Nursing)
Tickets for admissionPoster and “word of mouth” promotion
The workshop Who? 13 clients of the shelter attended Where? At St. Michael’s Mission conference roomWhat?
Wheel of Wellness, prizes Brainstorming True or False Stressors and Coping Strategies Resources Snacks, questions and discussion
Sponsoring: Copie Nova, Art Sale, Bake Sale
French version also available
Evaluation results Rationale• 0-10 scale, visual aid • French version available • Appropriate challenge • Simple language
Results- short term outcomes • 8 out of 13 completed the EET
Goal Achieved results
State the workshop was interesting 60% 100%
Found the workshop useful 60% 87.5%
Take a pamphlet 80% 92%
Be able to recall 1 coping strategy 80% 87.5%
What do these results mean? Results exceeded our initial expectations Personal Health Practices were learned Access to resources was facilitated Unanticipated results More participation than expected Positive verbal feedback Contextual factors Strong relationships with clients Trust Private space, minimal distractions
We broke the ice! Let’s talk about Mental Health!
Conclusion How are we going to render this project Sustainable?
Pamphlets revised- PDF sent to social workers Pamphlets available in the shelter Relayed information to the future students
Special thanks to the course coordinators Françoise Filion, RN, MScN Diana Gausden, RN SCPHN Kristina, Rozintseva, RN, BSc(N)
…and to the members of St. Michael’s Mission
George Greene, Executive Director Lisa Scolack, Social Worker Cailtin Murphy, Social Worker
Anya Piasecki Daniel RodriguezInass TawilTorie TennantAnaëlle ThommassonVictor Villareal-Corpuzanaelle.email@example.com@mail.mcgill.ca
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