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8 Black Mental Health Resources in Canada and Online

These organizations focused on the mental health and well-being of Black communities can offer some much-needed support right now.

To say there is so much happening in the world right now is an understatement. This pain, these stories and these experiences are, sadly, not new experiences for Black men and women but with the events of recent weeks and the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, one’s mental health deserves some extra attention right now. To that end, we’ve rounded up eight Black mental health services and organizations across Canada that can help support you and your loved ones.

Black Women in Motion

Founded by Monica Samuel, this Toronto-based organization provides consent and mental health education, advocacy and support for Black women and non-binary people, and survivors of sexual violence. “It is my duty as a community member, more importantly as a black womxn to ensure the well-being, prosperity and advancement of my people, particularly Black womxn. Black womxn have endured the unfathomable – and we are still here,” Samuel writes on the organization’s website.

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. To Our Black Family: Love on Yourself Today. You Matter and Have Always Mattered. . We know that you’re tired – tired is an understatement. We are living through a collective trauma. From wyppio weaponizing their privilege to violent anti-black terrorism, the consistent exposure to racial trauma has us in a constant state of emotional turmoil. We mourn with you. We send you love and care, peace and healing, solidarity and support. Remember to Rest. Disconnect. Write. Exhale. Be Still. . And to White and None-Black POC Folx: . Silence is Not Welcome Here. Complacency is Not Welcome Here. In-Action is Not Welcome Here. . Do not disregard the institutional and interpersonal experiences Black people have due to white supremacy. – We don’t want your performative sympathy. Violence of the past can no longer be violence of the present. Address your anti-blackness. Engage in Self-Reflection. Dismantle Your Privilege. Educate Yourselves. Use Your Platform for Equity and Justice. Run us the Fuckin’ Money. Help Us Rebuild A System that Honours and Protects Us All. Actively Protect Black Lives. . #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforBlackLives #RegisKorchinskiPaquet #BreonnaTaylor #NinaPop #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #TonyMcdade #Revolution#RevolutionNow #Justice #SayHerName #SayHisName #SayTheirNames #NoJusticeNoPeace #BlackLivesTheyMatterHere #FuckthePolice #FuckWhiteSupremacy #Freedom #Power #SelfDetermination #BWIM

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What’s Up Walk-In

“Racism and mental health are inextricably linked and YES it’s OK to talk about it!” the What’s Up Walk-In wrote in one of its most recent posts. The clinic provides free mental health counselling for children, youths, adults and families across Toronto. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am-7pm. Simply call 1-866-585-6486 to be connected to a counsellor. Click here for more information.

WellNest Therapy

Last week, WellNest Therapy began a fundraiser to support its Black therapists and its Black clients by way of low or no cost mental health services. The goal was $10,000 with a week’s deadline; however, the amount was exceeded within a day. The company is using $10,000 of the $12,569 raised to create a therapy fund that “will allow the Black therapists on our team (Melissa & Alisha) to provide free & timely accessible therapy services to the Black community.” The remaining $2,569 is being donated to Women’s Health in Women’s Hands. Email [email protected] with Black Mental Health Fund in your subject line for more information.

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△ THERAPY FUND FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY△⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The WellNest Clinic shares in the collective grief and outrage over the continued violence against and murder of Black people in Toronto and across the United States. As a wellness clinic co-founded by Non-Black People of Colour (NBPOC), we stand in solidarity with the Black community and want to support the Black therapists on our team to offer low or no cost mental health services to Black-identifying clients.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Your donations will provide low or no cost mental health services for Black clients impacted by systemic and daily traumas. Our goal is to reach at least $10K by June 13th. Services include private and group psychotherapy sessions and healing workshops. Please donate whatever is within your means – $10, $100, $1000 (or anything in between) – to the Fund we have created.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ △ Why do we need donations?△ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We want to provide low or no cost therapy to the Black community. However, we want our Black therapists to be fully and fairly compensated for their work. 100% of donations will go directly to compensating Black therapists for private or groups sessions with Black-identifying clients. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Help us ensure that they feel held and supported while they continue to hold space, provide therapy and help clients navigate their pain and grief.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Whether you can donate money or not, we encourage you to support this initiative further. Please share/tag this post with (at least) five people in your network.⁣⁣ ⁣ DONATION LINK IN BIO. ⁣ ⁣⁣ @healing_collective thank you for the idea, support and continued effort to take action against anti-blackness in our communities. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In solidarity and community⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor #JusticeforAhmaudArbery #justiceforregiskorchinskipaquet

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Black Youth Helpline

Originally started in Manitoba, the Black Youth Helpline focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada. Its mission is the “primary prevention of social [and] psychological breakdown in communities through a focus on education, health and community development.” Their approach involves professional assessment, parent and family support, and stay-in-school initiatives that assist in building healthy relationships between schools, families and communities. Service in French and other languages is available upon request.

Black Mental Health Canada

The mission of this Mississauga-based organization is to provide low-income at-risk individuals within the Black community access to affordable evidence-based mental health services, and focuses on culturally responsive services, programs and education for Black children and adults.

Project Heal by Black Space Winnipeg

In light of recent events, Black Space Winnipeg—a grassroots organization fostering organic dialogue on everyday experiences of being Black—has re-launched its community support program Project Heal. Due to social distancing guidelines still in effect across Canada, the program is moving to an online platform that aims to provide a safe space for Black folks in Winnipeg who want to work through trauma and focus on developing positive mental health practices.

Across Boundaries

Across Boundaries focuses on providing equitable, holistic mental health and addiction services for racialized communities in the Greater Toronto Area. It provides a range of mental health services within Anti-Racism/Anti-Black racism and Anti-Oppression frameworks, which address the negative impact of racism and discrimination on mental health and well-being. The organization currently provides services in many languages, including Caribbean dialects, Central and South Asian languages, and African Languages such as Xhosa, Afrikaans, Swahili and Somali.

ArTeMo Project by Africa Centre

The Council for Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta (CAAC), operating as Africa Centre, runs a mental health program known as the ArTeMo project. The program engages diverse Black youth and their families in Edmonton and Calgary to improve the overall mental well-being and empowerment of Black Canadians, including those who identify as LGBTQ2S+.

If you’d like to donate to these or other organizations serving the Black community in Canada, look through our roundup of funds and nonprofit groups here.

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