COMMUNITY HEALTH WATCH

At the recent Mental Health Awareness forum and we launched our series "A Sound Mind: Mental Health in the Black Community".



Published on September 29, 2015: The Black Health Alliance Annual General Meeting held on September 28, 2015, guest speaker Akwatu Khenti delivered a presentation on the topic "Mental Health in the Black Community; Crisis, Resilience and opportunity for change".


Streamed live on January 31, 2016: Patrick Morris and Nailah will be joined by the Black Health Alliance.


We need to talk about mental illness, community forum told

By RON FANFAIR

Mental health issues, if left ignored by parents, could destroy children’s lives and even lead to death as almost was the case with Karen Carrington who migrated with her parents from Trinidad & Tobago to Ottawa in the 1970s. Diagnosed at an early age with anxiety disorder which is a psychiatric condition that may require medical or psychological treatment, Carrington didn’t get the assistance she desperately needed. Full Article

A Black Health Strategy, the next step

By Dr. CHRISTOPHER J. MORGAN

February 16, 2016 was a significant date for Ontarians. On that day the Ontario government passed legislation that formally installs February as Black History Month in the Province of Ontario. Ontario became one of only three provinces in Canada that has such legislation, British Columbia and Quebec being the other two. Black History Month has been established under federal law since 1995, a result of the efforts of several community members and spearheaded by former Member of Parliament, Jean Augustine. Full Article

Mental health in the Black community, Part 1

By Dr. CHRISTOPHER J. MORGAN

I have two close relations with people living with a mental illness. Both are males, and in both cases the symptoms first appeared in young adulthood (18-23). One was dealing with depression, the other was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The conditions are very different but the impact it has had on their lives is significant. Full Article

Mental health in the Black community, Part 2

By Dr. CHRISTOPHER J. MORGAN

“I’m not the crazy one!” That was the response Karlene’s husband gave her when she suggested they go to couples’ counseling to help with the ongoing strain on their relationship and family.
For over a decade Karlene (not her real name) was on a journey trying to manage, cope with and recover from oftentimes debilitating bouts of anxiety and depression. It was taking a terrible toll on her, her husband and young children. Full Article