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Mental Health and Racism

Updated: Jul 24

"It is a privilege to learn about racism instead of experiencing it your whole life."

~ Ahmed Ali


"It's up to all of us - black, white, everyone - no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own."

~ Michelle Obama


Racism in all of its forms has a deep and lasting impact on the human psyche. In order to even begin addressing this impact, it is essential to challenge the systemic inequities that have long existed in our society. Within the field of mental health, issues such as access, education and funding are in need of urgent attention. Below are some links to resources and information in this regard. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but it may provide a starting point for those seeking further information, or anyone wanting to contribute in some way.



Black Health Alliance


Healing in Colour: Directory of BIPOC Therapists


A Fund for Black-led Mental Health Supports


South Asian Mental Health Alliance


Mental Health Resources for the Black community in Toronto


Anishnawbe Health Toronto (Indigenous Community)


Accross Boundaries: Providing Mental Health Services to People of Colour in the GTA


Hong Fook Mental Heath Association (Cambodian, Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese Communities)


Mental Health and Wellness Services for Indigenous Children and Youth



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