March 06, 2023 is Black Mental Health Day

March 06, 2023 is Black Mental Health Day
Posted on 03/02/2023
March 06, 2023 is Black Mental Health Day

Black Mental Health Day, recognized each year on the first Monday of March, is an opportunity to confront the impacts of anti-Black racism on the physical and mental health of Black Canadians. 

As a District, we acknowledge the historic and contemporary role schools in Canada have had in perpetuating myths, doctrines, false science, and narratives about people of African descent, and that these have compromised how children of African descent feel, think, grow, and actualize their potential and purpose in the world. Though these are year-round problems, Black Mental Health Day provides an important opportunity to discuss these realities, share support and resources, and acknowledge the need for change.

This year, V-TraC (Vulnerability, Trauma, Resilience and Culture Lab) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health at the University of Ottawa have invited many students to participate in "My Mental Health, My Country and Me". This event is a conference for Black students that will feature speakers like the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Jonathan David, and more. 

Events hosted by the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition will also take place from March 1-7. Visit their website to learn more.

Additional Resources:

Community Mental Health Resources for Black, Muslim, Somali and Arabic-Speaking Persons:

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