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Explore the interconnected epidemics of anxiety, chronic illness, and substance abuse with Dr. Gabor Mate. This event includes a 90-minute film screening of the Wisdom of Trauma, followed by a panel discussion.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wisdom-of-trauma-film-screening-panel-tickets-230569719237

The interconnected epidemics of anxiety, chronic illness, and substance abuse are, according to Dr. Gabor Maté, normal. But not in the way you may think.

One in five Americans is diagnosed with mental illness in any given year. Suicide is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. for youth aged 15-24 and kills over 800,000 people a year globally and 48,300 in the U.S. Drug overdose kills 81,000 in the U.S. annually. The autoimmunity epidemic affects 24 million people in the U.S. What is going on?

In The Wisdom of Trauma, we travel alongside physician, bestselling author, and Order of Canada recipient Dr. Gabor Maté to explore why our 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.


A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in over 25 languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship between stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing, he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Dr. Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Gabor is also a co-developer of a therapeutic approach, Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by hundreds of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others internationally.

VISION FOR THE FILM (from The Wisdom of Trauma website)

Our intention in producing this film was to inspire an active movement towards a trauma-informed society, a society where:

  • We recognize the prevalence of trauma among all of us
  • We learn to notice and feel the trauma symptoms in ourselves
  • We acknowledge that whenever we have an emotional reaction, an old wound is being triggered
  • We understand the imprint of trauma on our behaviors and its impact on our relationships
  • We recognize the pain in others and understand how that pain might be driving their behavior
  • We see the real person underneath the behavior and the trauma
  • We support connection and compassion as the foundations of safety
  • We know that the experience of safety is the beginning of healing
  • We understand that all trauma is intergenerational