When it comes to mental health and addiction services, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour are often forgotten about or discriminated against. Many service providers lack knowledge on how race, gender, religion, sexual identity or background can impact someone’s mental health. Our program is developed by Black, Indigenous and racialized service providers and is based on feedback given from BIPOC children, youth and families who desire these services. Our service providers bring an intersectional lens to how they provide care. Meaning that they understand the intersections of marginalized identities that one person can belong to. For example, things like gender and sexual identity, income, education or disability can all intersect with racial identity and have an entirely different experience of its own. Furthermore, our services come from a holistic approach, which emphasize physical, mental, emotional and spiritual connections with the environment.
We have developed workshops catered to the BIPOC community about mental health education and how needs can be different for different communities.
Evidence shows that support groups which are exclusive to marginalized or racialized youth tend to yield better results, as a safe space to express yourself with no judgement.
The basis of peer support is validating your experiences and providing resources. Our racialized peer support workers have lived experiences with mental health as well as racial trauma.
THERAPY & COUNSELLING:
If you are Black, Indigenous or a person of colour, the best therapy you can receive is likely to be from someone who looks like you. Our therapists are just that and come with their own multicultural lens with the way they provide services.
Providing educational workshops to partner organizations and others. Helping develop their capacity to meet the needs for racialized clients. Individual and organizational consultations provide agencies the tools to give adequate care.