On March 2, 2020, Bhutila Karpoche and her colleague Faisal Hassan (York South—Weston), 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 Bhutila and Faisal's bill and demand the Ford government address the inequities in Black mental health.