Black History Month is an important time for us to raise awareness of Black initiatives, educate ourselves on the history of racial inequality present in Canada, and learn how it is still prevalent today. Mental health care is one of the major sectors where this racial inequality is widespread. Many Black Canadian youth face hurdles in accessing resources, information and services for their mental wellbeing. This month, we are highlighting 4 Canada-wide resources that center and cater to Black youth in their advocacy for youth mental health and wellness.
Black Youth Helpline started off as a “by youth, for youth” initiative based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Now their initiative is Canada-wide, and it provides culturally-informed professional assessments and services for youth, families, school staff, and professionals working with youth.
Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) is a Canadian volunteer, non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2019 to help meet the mental health needs of the diverse Black communities in Canada.
RiseUp, powered by Kids Help Phone, is a national, 24/7 bilingual e-mental health support service for Black youth. Black youth across Canada can access free wellness support 24/7 by texting RISE to 686868.
Wellness Together provides mental health and substance use support to all Canadians, including Black youth. This nationwide platform offers a range of resources and services that may be beneficial for individuals from diverse backgrounds, recognizing the importance of addressing mental health needs within racialized communities.
The information about these initiatives are a quick overview of their work and services. Click on each link to learn more about them and how they can support you.