Brampton officially recognizes March as Black Mental Health Awareness and Empowerment Month

BRAMPTON, ON (March 11, 2021) – On March 3, Brampton City Council officially proclaimed March as Black Mental Health Awareness and Empowerment Month, in response to the mental health crisis in the Black community.
As part of this important month, the City’s Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit will host a series of Black Mental Health Awareness and Empowerment Community Sessions.
Those interested in participating can register for the following online sessions here.

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Youth Mental Health Forum: March 18 from 4:30 to 6 pm
Seniors Mental Health Forum: March 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Women’s Mental Health Forum: March 25 from 6 to 7:30 pm
Men’s Mental Health Forum: March 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Forum: March 26 from 6 to 7 pm
Anti-Black Racism Education Session: March 31 from 9 am to 12 pm
Learn more about Brampton’s initiatives on anti-Black racism and about the Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit at brampton.ca/antiblackracism.

On June 10, 2020, City Council approved a Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit. Led by Senior Advisor, Gwyneth Chapman, the Unit is responsible for developing and implementing an action plan for eradicating systemic anti-Black racism in Brampton. Guided by local community stakeholders, work is centered on uplifting the social, cultural, and economic position of Brampton’s Black community.

“We are proud to proclaim March as Black Mental Health Awareness and Empowerment Month and host this series of mental health forums to support the Black community. The Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit is doing important work to eradicate systemic anti-Black racism in Brampton.”
Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“The Black Mental Health Awareness and Empowerment Community Sessions will bring together a range of stakeholders, aiming to empower those affected by the Black mental health crisis and confront workplace and societal racial biases through education and fostering better management practices.”
David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

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