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Public Lecture by Dr, Julia Woodhall-Melnik, Candidate for Tenure-Track position in Department of Social Science -SJ

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Posted on Mar 21, 2018

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UNB Saint John's Department of Social Science’s Sociology welcomes eveyone to a public lecture by Dr. Julia Woodhall-Melnik (candidate for a Tenure Track position in Social Sciences) entitled,  "More than Bricks: The Home as a Contributor to Mental Health and Wellbeing," on Thursday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in Hazen Hall, 232.

Housing instability and homelessness undermine the health and wellbeing of some of Canada’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations.  In her talk, Dr. Julia Woodhall-Melnik will present the findings of the Transitions to Home Study which investigated the impacts of participation in a Housing First program on the mental health and wellbeing of men who experienced long-term homelessness. Her analysis of semi-structured qualitative interviews with 15 men found that these men experienced multifaceted trauma and stress throughout life.

Participation in the Housing First program provided some men with the permanency and stability of "home" that is integral to good mental health, whereas other men continued to feel unstable. The implications of these findings are discussed.  

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