In November, 2022, Bhutila Karpoche and her colleague NDP MPP Dr. Jill Andrew (Toronto—St. Paul's), re-tabled the Black Mental Health Day Act. If passed, the bill would:

  • Proclaim the first Monday in March of each year as Black Mental Health Day to recognize the ongoing mental health impacts of anti-Black racism in public services and to raise awareness of the specific mental health needs of Black communities across Ontario.
  • Require the collection of race-based data in health care, to start to tackle systemic discrimination, anti-Black racism and worse health outcomes for Black Ontarians in our health care system.
  • Require the provision of culturally appropriate health services, to ensure that health care is delivered in a way that recognizes the diversity within Black communities across Ontario.

Add your name to support the bill and demand the Ford government address the inequities in Black mental health.

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