Mental Health 

Why Do Black Female Youth Need Specialized Services?

  1. Child and Youth Poverty: Statistics on socioeconomic disparities in Canada indicate that Black Female youth are more likely than the “average Canadian” to live in poverty.

  2. Mental Health Disparities: Among immigrant and refugee youth that identify as Black, female youth experience more mental health problems than male youth.

  3.  Lack of Inclusive Care: Black children and youth require increased access to more culturally appropriate human services. Black female youth are particularly under-serviced and need care that responds to their unique needs. 

  4. Black Female Underemployment, Unemployment and Lower Incomes: Due in part to gender inequalities, but also largely due to racial inequities.

  5. Lack of Knowledge and Data on Black Lives in Canada: This lack, both within and outside the Black community, reinforces the impact of racism. Where that knowledge exists, resources to effectively address the trauma are lacking. 

Racism, either directly (jokes, slurs, or hate crimes)  or indirectly (attitudes, values, and stereotypical beliefs) asserts the superiority of one group over another. 

Racism operates at individual, systemic, and social levels and is deeply embedded in systems and institutions that have evolved over time. 

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Numerous studies indicate the psychological effects of racism include post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of stress related disorders. Due to numerous race-based threats, Black families are reluctant to engage with services and avail of community resources mostly because many are part of a system that has been historically oppressive towards them. 

What We Offer: Pro-Black Mental Health Services:

  • Validate the knowledge and experiences of Black people.

  • Privilege Black people socially.

  • Use a trauma-informed and asset-based lens

  • Engage in culturally relevant and responsive meaning-making 

  • Offer an understanding of the Black experience as relevant to treatment and to the enactment of social justice.

  • Actively address racism in all its forms against Black people and empower them to successfully mitigate its impact.

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