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Jan 31, 2024
This February, CMHA Thames Valley Addiction & Mental Health Services along with many other Canadians, will be honouring Black Canadians for Black History Month. We recognize and celebrate their achievements and reflect on their successes, sacrifices and triumphs.
CMHA TVAMHS will be honouring Black History Month in Canada by offering learning opportunities to our staff and supporting events in our community.
Black Canadians and their communities have shaped Canada’s heritage in several ways. The month of February is an opportunity to learn more about these important contributions and to applaud the continued achievements of Black Canadians in our communities.
Alongside this recognition, it’s also important to acknowledge the ongoing long-standing health inequities that research has shown to disproportionately impact communities of colour, specifically Black ones. Issues such as racism, sexism, inadequate housing, and other social determinants of health can serve as barriers for Black Canadians to be able to access mental health and addictions support. Recent studies have also shown the many ways in which experiences with racism can hurt a person’s chances at stable employment, a better income, and improved mental health.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada:
For more information on these health inequities, visit the Black Health Alliance website.
Interested in learning more for Black History Month? Check out these provincial organizations.