Black Mental Health Canada is aware that cultural beliefs and practices are a crucial factor in mental health service that influences all aspects of care, including the decisions people make to access care, if they choose to engage with service providers, create therapeutic alliances or continue treatment. recommendations BMHC also understands that statistics on the underutilization of mental health services among diverse black communities are concerning. That is why BMHC strives to build a stronger alliance among service providers of African descent, agencies serving people of color, and other stakeholders in the Black community to work collaboratively to build capacity to facilitate culturally safe and affirming mental health care for Canada’s diverse black communities.
People of Caribbean, East and West African origin in Ontario have a 60% increased risk of psychosis.
One longitudinal Canadian study found Black immigrants were more likely to develop moderate to high mental distress than any other ethnicity.
To bring awareness that Mental Health issues are a real and significant problem within the black community and respond by promoting culturally empowering and equitable services.