We are reaching out to ask community members and Nova Scotians to submit a letter of support for an initiative called Project MAAT (Music & Art After Trauma) that we are currently working on. We require letters of support to accompany our funding application to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.
With great enthusiasm and excitement, Project MAAT will be a weekly online discussion forum featuring education (on trauma and mental health/illness), a topic for discussion (with a guest) combined with a music and/or art component.
We believe this is a unique and innovative way to reach the most amount of people given the current situation with the COVID 19 pandemic and social restrictions. Research has indicated the power of connection, music and art for people who are living with mental illness and trauma (this is evidence-based). We believe this project will be therapeutically beneficial for individuals and families living with the negative impact of trauma and mental illness since it will help with stress, anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, cognitive difficulties, reducing anxiety, reducing trauma symptoms, reducing sense of isolation, improving self-esteem and self-awareness, providing social connection and support, offer self-discovery, self-expression, and more.
This forum will be hosted by Margaret Mauger (licensed therapist) and Vida Woodworth (Chairperson).
For your convenience, we have drafted a letter of support (file below) that you can simply print, sign, scan and email back to us. If you are an organization or business please consider using your letterhead. If you do not have a scanner please feel free to email a photo of your letter. Please add anything you like to the draft below or write your own letter of support if you prefer. We would greatly appreciate if you could please return your letter of support on or before January 20, 2021 to email@example.com
Sincerest thanks and gratitude!
After Trauma Empowerment Network (ATEN)