The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program has initiated a conversation on Mental Health. This conversation can bring up some uncomfortable feelings and thoughts. These may be hard to cope with and potentially harmful.
The ACMP thinks that having these conversations about Mental Health is necessary, but wants to acknowledge the risks of such conversations. There are multiple ways to take these risks serious:
- There will be support present during the talks for participants who need that. Her name is Lydia Philippe, she is the founder of FAMHAS and a peer supporter. Click here for her bio.
- The conversations will be held by Black professionals who take anti-Black racism and histories into account, although it is understood that Black experiences and backgrounds are diverse.
- There will be four check-ins, where participants can ask their questions (although these check-ins are not therapy).
- And finally, on this page you will find a list of resources.
Resources from E.L. Adams II
The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a national training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
The Canadian Public Health Association is the independent national voice and trusted advocate for public health, speaking up for people and populations to all levels of government.
Resources from Meghan Wills
- See, Hear, Feel meditation practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNg50mIHxR4&feature=youtu.be
- Feel Good Guided meditation: https://youtu.be/raZVSEY5Y3I
- 5 Minute Morning Gratitude Meditation (guided): https://youtu.be/5of30bT4j-Q
- Library of ACB wellness individuals and resources: (ongoing input document)
Resources from Tracy Charles (CMHA)
- Sommerset West Community Health Centre – Starting Jan 21 – new service for African, Caribbean and Black Community
- Bounceback Ontario: https://bouncebackontario.ca/
A free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
- Togetherall: https://togetherall.com/en-ca/
An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health.
- Counsellingconnect: https://www.counsellingconnect.org/
Provides quick access to a free phone or video counselling session. You choose a convenient date and time. This service is for everyone: children, youth, adults and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area. There is no waiting list.
- Youth Service Bureau – 613-260-2360
- The distress line – 613-238-3311
- The Mental Health Crisis Line – 613-722-6914
- The Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre Telephone Counselling: 613-235-2516 x 0
Somerset West Community Mental Health Resources
For information on their services or to register for one of the above workshops, visit Somerset West ACB Resources Page