Black Ontarians face significantly poorer mental health and addictions outcomes.
Black youth in Canada are four times more likely to first enter the mental healthcare system through the emergency department, which suggests worse symptoms, than white youth
The amount of time, on average, that Black youth wait for mental health treatment, double the amount of time than white youth, who wait eight.
The percentage of Black youth that have encounters with the police on their way into the mental healthcare system
Despite these barriers to access, very little is known about the best ways to implement mental healthcare for Black children and youth in Ontario. Pathways to Care will increase understanding about the unique barriers to care for Black Canadians by engaging Black children, youth, and their families who face significant barriers to mental health and addictions services in the creation of a better mental healthcare system
Transforming the mental healthcare system for Black children and youth: What Can We Do?
Young people aged 15-24 experience mental illness and difficulty with substance use more than any other age group. Developing interventions for children and youth is key because this a crucial time in their development. Children, teens, and young adults experiencing challenges with their mental health need specific, easy to access programs that keep their development and unique social experiences in mind.
At Pathways to Care, we are aim to create a society where Black children and youth can access the care they need. Join us in creating this change and partner with us.
Project Activities and Outcomes
Over the next 5 years, Pathways to Care plans to implement a full research and community engagement program.
Collect information from a variety of sources including journal articles, focus groups, and community consultations
Use the information gathered to create action and share the findings through community events, workshops, and documents that outline best practices
Build networks & communities of service providers and organizations that will ensure proper mental health and addictions care for Black children and youth