Mental Health Works celebrates Black History Month

Mental Health Works joins Canadians across the country to honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, for Black History Month in February.

The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: “Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.” Inspired by the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), this theme acknowledges the important contribution made by people of African descent to Canadian society and related intolerances.

While Black History Month is a time to learn about the many important contributions of African, Caribbean, and addictions support.

According to the Black Health Alliance website:

  • Black Ontarians of Caribbean descent experience 2 times the delay in accessing evidence-based services than individuals of white European descent
  • Black Ontarians experience higher rates of restraint and addictions system
  • People of Caribbean, East and West African origin in Ontario are at a 60 per cent increased risk of psychosis

Currently, there is limited research on how stigma affects mental health within the Black community and knowledge to improve mental health supports for Black Canadians in their communities. Learn more about these initiatives at the fund webpage.

For more information about Black History Month, visit the Government of Canada website.

Mental Health Works provides capacity building workshops, presentations and create healthier, safer workplaces.

To learn more, visit www.mentalhealthworks.ca.

 

 

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