Mental Health First Aid for Africans in the Diaspora
This project is designed to build capacity amongst Black Canadians and Africans in Diaspora communities in Canada through the implementation of culturally focused and relevant Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses and community programs. The conversation and education of mental health among African communities is a major challenge and as a result, many who suffer from mental health fail to get the immediate and appropriate support to improve. Incorporating an understanding of culture into an MHFA toolkit will increase the uptake of people needing support and increase the capacity of the community to address the unique barriers that exist due to a lack of access and knowledge on mental health on a general and practical level. The project will target members of the Black community, especially the subgroup of those who have immigrated from Africa. Most of these new immigrants reach out to various associations, usually country-specific, for support. Mental health services and supports are the least available and accessible resources for immigrants especially those from Africa as these services and supports are either minimal or non-existent from their place of origin. GCAO intends to have facilitators/trainers available to provide culturally appropriate MHFA training in every community in Canada where there is an African Canadian association or agency.
Lead organization: Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario
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