Anti-Black Racism - Mental Health Supports
Resources for parents to speak with their children about anti-Black racism
Please visit Anti-Black Racism Resources for Parents, compiled by York Region District School Board’s Inclusive School and Community Services team.
Culturally Relevant Mental Health Supports
Black Youth Helpline: 1-833-294-8650
Taibu Community Health Centre: 416-644-3536
Tropicana Community Services: 416-439-9009
Crisis Mental Health Supports for Students
310-COPE: 905-310-COPE (2673) or 1-855-310-COPE (2673) - Available 24/7
KidsHelpPhone: 1-800-668-6868, text 686868 - Available 24/7
York Hills Help Phone Line: 905-503-9561 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30-4:00 p.m. for children and youth (0-18 years) and their parents, caregivers or adult supporters.
To learn more about Black community agencies that provide supports in your area, please explore the hyperlinks below:
Understanding the Reality of the Black Student Learner
YRDSB acknowledges that communities and therefore schools and classrooms are not neutral spaces. Such forces as conflicting ideologies, competing oppressions, and a lack of understanding of sociopolitical, sociohistorical and sociocultural contexts, affect the reality of the Black students and their families and staff. This will need to be coupled with our own personal interrogation of power, privilege, and understanding of race, racism and anti-Black racism.
The following links provide examples of the experiences of Black Student Learners in education:
Anti-Black racism reports: