St. Joe’s launches critical mental health program for Black youth

Written by: Sebastian Bron, The Hamilton Spectator

As a Black teen growing up in Hamilton, Rayanne Banaga heard all the stereotypes.

“There was times that teachers would assume I was living in poverty or that I came from a bad family, just because I was Black,” she says. “So often I was being treating in ways that I was someone who needed extra care, extra support, but not in the way I was asking for.”

It was patronizing. But mental health looks different for a lot of Black youth, Banaga says, and it’s difficult to connect feelings of anxiety and depression with racialization when there’s no one there to help you make that connection.

Read the full story by the Spec here.