Breaking Barriers: Mental Health in the Black Community
Celebrating Black History and Promoting Mental Health in the Black Community
In this interview on Winnipeg Weekends on 680 CJOB, Kevin Burgin talks to Nadia Thompson, the Black History Manitoba chairperson and program director. Nadia explains that the organization works throughout the year, not just during Black History Month, to promote black history and culture. They plan events and receive requests for presentations from schools and businesses. Nadia emphasizes that black history should be celebrated every day, not just in February.
They also discuss mental health initiatives in the black community. Nadia acknowledges that there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health within the community, but progress is being made in recognizing the importance of seeking help. She mentions a toolkit called “Towards Positive Change” that provides resources and services for black Canadians dealing with mental health issues. The toolkit covers topics such as myths and truths about mental health, gender-based analysis, and self-care. There are also programming and workshops available for black individuals to participate in.
Kevin asks Nadia about the importance of finding mental health support specific to one’s ethnicity, and Nadia agrees that it can be beneficial to speak with someone who shares a similar background and cultural understanding. She recommends the website Psychology Today, which has a list of black therapists and mental health professionals in Winnipeg.
This conversation highlights the ongoing work of Black History Manitoba and the importance of mental health support within the black community. It emphasizes the need to break the stigma surrounding mental health and encourages individuals to seek help from professionals who understand their unique experiences and cultural backgrounds.
As Nadia explains, Black History Manitoba is committed to promoting black history and culture throughout the year. While Black History Month is a time to celebrate, the organization recognizes that black history should be acknowledged and celebrated every day. By hosting events and receiving requests for presentations, Black History Manitoba ensures that black history is recognized and appreciated by schools and businesses.
Moving on to mental health, Nadia acknowledges the stigma attached to discussing mental health within the black community. However, progress is being made as more individuals recognize the importance of seeking help. The “Towards Positive Change” toolkit provides a wealth of resources and services for black Canadians dealing with mental health issues. From debunking myths about mental health to exploring gender-based analysis and self-care, the toolkit aims to support and empower the black community.
Nadia also emphasizes the importance of finding mental health support specific to one’s ethnicity. Speaking with someone who shares a similar background and cultural understanding can be immensely beneficial. Psychology Today offers a list of black therapists and mental health professionals in Winnipeg, making it easier for individuals to find support tailored to their needs.