The present COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and amplified forms of oppression and disparities experienced by the most vulnerable groups, fuelling stigmatization and social exclusion of minorities (Cleveland et al., 2020; Miconi et al., 2020). The increase in anti-Asian hate incidents throughout the world and the push for social justice, as advocated for instance by the Black Lives Matter movement, are just some examples of emerging social phenomena affecting youth, their families, and their schools (Minke, 2020; Tynes et al., 2020). This social climate represents a challenge for educators who need to help their students understand and react to current events while preserving emotional and relational safety within their schools and promoting values of equity and solidarity. This social climate is affecting the youth, their families, and their schools.
A video and an accompanying pedagogical guide are available to help teachers introduce the issue of racism in the classroom and to facilitate discussions around students’ emotional responses, experiences, and opinions related to the topic. The video contributes to shedding light on the complexities of the phenomenon and to voice the thoughts of a few young Montrealers regarding ways to make sense of, and react to, what is happening in our world. More information on our website is available here.
The Mental Health Hub for Asian Communities in Canada (University of Victoria) has provided a fillable PDF document for the mental health of children and youth (with a separate document for adults). It provides hands-on information and activities concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and related anti-Asian racism, Black Lives Matter uprisings, and Indigenous land and water defenders asserting their rights and sovereignty. More information on our website is available here.
The report “Racism in Greater Victoria: A Community Report” (2021), prepared by the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership and the Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria, explores perceptions, experiences, and responses to racism in Greater Victoria.
In partnership with Queen’s University, a webinar focused on mental health in diverse communities was held on January 22, 2021. Moderated by Dr. Jane Philpott with panelists Dr. Kenneth Fung, Asante Haughton, Dr. Myrna Lashley, and ITK President Natan Obed, the discussion focused on resiliency and mental well-being. You can view the video here.
The documentary, “What Flowers They Bloom” takes an intimate look at Asian Canadian small business owner Andy Sue as he explores the psychological trauma of a first-hand encounter with anti-Asian racism during the pandemic. The film examines the social and public health implications of our digital media reality, where social media algorithms detect bias to translate fear, blame and outrage into profit. You can view the video here.
The webinar held on 21 january 2021, in collaboration with Bell Let’s Talk, Mental health in diverse communities: A discussion about resiliency and mental well-being, is now available for viewing. Please see below.
This webinar held on 21 January 2021 in collaboration with Bell Let’s Talk discusses the state of mental health in diverse communities, resiliency and mental well-being. This panel was moderated by Dr. Ghayda Hassan, PhD, clinical psychologist, professor of clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and researcher with the SHERPA-RAPS team at CIUSSS Centre-Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal. In French only.
Monday, January 18, 2021
McGill researchers launch Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre
Bell Let’s Talk, McGill University, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) and the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital are pleased to announce the official launch of the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC). This unique online resource seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including new Canadians, refugees and members of established ethnocultural communities. With these populations disproportionally affected by the global pandemic, the MMHRC will provide a timely and critical new resource. Click here to access the full press release. | Dr. Laurence Kirmayer discusses launch of the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre