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Mental Health In The Black Community

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Carleton University

Dunton Tower 20th floor, room 2017

Ottawa, ON

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Mental Health in the Black Community: The Amina Black Mental Health Collective is a newly formed collective based in Ottawa. The primary focus of the collective is to continue conversations around mental health, race and oppression using a theoretical and practical that is culturally specific to the Black community. In doing this work, we hope to provide concrete solutions and recommendations for culturally relevant services and programming. The collective is made up of a cross-section of local, community-based individuals and organizations ranging from people with lived experience of mental illness to those based in academia.

We recognize that the Black community is not homogeneous and that we experience varied linguistic, cultural, political and identity-based issues. What we hope to centre our work on is our shared experience of mental illness and navigating the mental health industry.

This initiative is in response to one of the priorities identified in the working paper drafted by the Federation of Black Canadians. Our first action will be a workshop on mental health at Carleton University.

Present will be speakers doing research, who are service providers and community organizers living with and working with those in the sector. There will be an introduction to the Peer Support program which is a much researched approach that we will adapt and use in our community.

This event is also sponsored by the Carleton University School of Social Work

For more information, contact us at blackmentalottawa@gmail.com or call Magda at 613-981-3231 or Sharon at 613-897-1962.

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