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Citing barriers to access, Black Montrealers create their own mental health services

Cheroma Jesse-Buadoo, Leïla Ahouman, Radha Agarwal

May 8, 2023

The Black Healing Centre offers new ways to cultivate well-being in Black communities

Samanta Nyinawumuntu was going through tough times while attending theatre school. Feeling they needed help, they sought therapy. But, while sitting in a room with a white therapist, they quickly realized the environment wasn't a safe space for them.  "It was like the person I spoke with did not understand or had zero training. I left feeling worse, and I thought 'no, this is not for me,'" Nyinawumuntu said. They abandoned the sessions, feeling they failed to help. 

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