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It's time to confront the mental health effects of racism against Black Torontonians.

Anti-Black racism continues to impact the daily lives of Black Torontonians. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that there is a desire and a demand, from communities across the globe, to increase awareness and initiate action to address the impact of anti-Black racism on mental health and social well-being.

Research confirms a correlation between racism and mental health, suggesting those who  witness or become the target of anti-Black racism throughout their lifespan, may experience an adverse affect on their physical and mental health as a result.

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Why:

It’s overdue. After generations of anti-Black racism, it’s still a year-round problem for Black Torontonians. An annual day to confront its effects on mental health in Black communities is only a first step.

 

When:

Monday March 2nd, 2020.

And the first Monday in March, every year after.

 

What:

Featured and community-led events, designed to drive productive dialogue and acknowledgment of the need for systemic change. 

 

Who: 

All Torontonians can get involved— from neighbours to policymakers. 

 

Where: 

Spaces across Toronto. See below to learn more.

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Torontonians shares their thoughts on Black Mental Health Day.

Liben Gebremikael, Executive Director of TAIBU Community Health Centre

David Lewis-Peart, educator, community worker and writer

Josette Drummond, mother, educator and business owner

Paul Bailey, president of Black Health Alliance

 

About   toronto   for   all

Toronto For All is a public education initiative from the City of Toronto to generate dialogue among its residents to create a city free from discrimination and racism, including systemic racism. The City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism unit (CABR) is responsible for the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism.

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About   taibu

TAIBU Community Health Centre provides primary health care and related services for Black populations across the Greater Toronto Area and residents of our local community of Malvern. Recognizing that systemic oppression has fostered conditions of ill-health with Black communities, we strive to deliver these services through intersectional, equity-based and culturally affirming practices which promote holistic wellness, health education, and prevention.

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