Funding for culturally relevant mental health programs for Black Canadian communities
OTTAWA, Sept. 25, 2018/CNW/ - Standing up for diversity a cornerstone of Canadian identity and building communities where everyone feels included are crucial to our success as a country. Black communities in Canada often face unique challenges
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced the launch of a new funding initiative to help strengthen mental health supports for Black youth, their families, and their communities.
The Promoting Health Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians initiative aims to foster culturally informed approaches to improving mental health for Black communities. The initiative will focus on addressing key underlying factors such as anti-Black racism, promoting cultural diversity and well-being, and taking into account other significant challenges in order to support culturally appropriate, effective and accessible mental health programs. Black Canadian community groups, organizations and researchers, as well as other stakeholders partnering with them, are invited to submit applications for project funding.
Quotes "I am pleased to announce this new investment, which will support projects to improve mental health and well-being among Black Canadians, especially young people. By building on community supports for youth and strengthening our knowledge of the significant and unique challenges faced by Black Canadians, we can inform mental health programs and begin to address barriers."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Systemic challenges and barriers, such as racism and discrimination, can have significant negative health impacts, including on mental health. Supporting culturally informed mental health programs that meet the needs of Black Canadians will contribute to improved mental health and well-being."
Dr. Theresa TamCanada's Chief Public Health Officer
Associated LinksThe Promoting Health Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians FundThe Government of Canada Announces New Funding for Black Canadian Youth
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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