Toronto For All: Anti-Black Racism & Mental Health Resources - Nia Centre for the Arts

Toronto For All: Anti-Black Racism & Mental Health Resources

By Sanique Walters, p
Posted on June 11, 2020

This list is compiled by Nia Centre in collaboration with multimedia Artist, Poet, Author and Artist-in-Wellness for CAMH Apanaki Tempitayo.

Service Organizations

Across Boundaries
Provides mental health and addiction services for racialized communities. "Across Boundaries provides a dynamic range of mental health support and services and works within Anti-Racism/Anti-Black racism and Anti-Oppression frameworks."
Contact: 416-787-3007, ext. 222

Black Creek Community Health Centre
We are a non-profit community-based organization that provides health care services and programs geared to vulnerable populations living in Toronto’s North West communities.
Contact: 416-249-8000/ 416-246-2388

Caribbean African Canadian Social Services
SAPACCY provides services to African and Caribbean Canadian youth and their families who are dealing with problem substance use and mental health concerns. The SAPACCY team works from a cultural competence lens to help Black youth work through mental health and addiction concerns. Our programs offer mental health and addictions counselling and support in accessing resources to assist youth and their families/caregivers in reducing harm, moving toward recovery, and making the best choices for themselves and their families.
Contact: 416-740-1056

RITES for Black and African Canadian Youth
The RITES program at Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a culturally specific, identity development initiative that supports the empowerment of Black and African-Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 18. RITES employs an integrated, full spectrum model of support and care so participants have access to a range of coordinated mental health clinical and program supports and resources.
Contact: 416-924-2100

Regent Park CHC
RPCHC works with the people who live and work in the area to improve the health and wellbeing of the people who live here and the community as a whole. We offer a wide range of services and programs – some of them accessible by everybody, some of them more focused, some of them about specific health issues, some of them about building on people’s capacity to take action on common issues impacting health…but all of them about building the health of this dynamic community. Come and see how we can work together!
Contact: 416-364-2261

Help Line

LGBT Youthline
Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.
Contact: 1-800-268-9688

Toronto Distress Centre
408-HELP (4357) line provides telephone support to individuals in the community who are at risk and their most vulnerable. Highly-trained volunteer responders (with the support of professional staff) connect with callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our team provides callers with emotional support and crisis intervention when they are socially isolated, marginalized, struggling with chronic mental health problems, in distress, attempting to navigate family violence or in need of emergency response or suicide prevention + intervention + postvention.
Contact: 416-408-4357(HELP) Text: 45645

Thought Pieces

It’s a traumatic moment’: How everyday racism can impact mental, physical health

Canadian cultural institutions have silenced Black voices for years. Can we write a new chapter?

Books to Read

Sistren Outsiders by Audre Lorde

The Skin We Are In by Desmond Cole

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Queer Returns by Rinaldo Walcott

Black Writers Matter by Whitney French

Land to Light On by Dionne Brand

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alica Walker

Free Within Ourselves- Fiction Lessons for Black Writers by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Hope You’re Well - Colouring Book by Alexis Eke

Spotify Playlist

Soothing sounds of R&B to help to relax your mind and vibe

R&B2K19 by Mr. Marlon Palmer

Alternative RnB/Jazz/Afro/Indie by Tito Mogaji- Williams

Trending R&B & Soul| EscapeTracks by escapetracks

Black Grief by TRP.P

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