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How Racism Can Affect Our Mental Health - Tuesday, Nov 8 at 2 p.m.

By Canadian Mental Health Association

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Description This session is designed to offer participants insights into the effects of racism on our mental health. Participants will explore the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions, and the impacts of racism on both physical and psychological health. Participants are introduced to positive coping strategies to maintain mental well-being and build self-care actions to support overall mental well-being.

Participants will:

  • Explore the difference between mental health and mental illness

  • Understand racism and the areas where racism can surface

  • Identify the physical and psychological impacts of racism

  • Define healthy coping strategies to maintain mental health

  • Discover attainable self-care options to support overall mental wellness

Presenter: Gary Bure - Mental Health Educator

Gary Bure is a mental health educator and professional fitness trainer dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness. His goal is to provide knowledge about mental health, mental illness and benefits of physical fitness to improving overall well-being. Gary received his Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto where he did his double major in Economics and Anthropology. Gary had an interest in the study of human societies which is why learning about mental health really sparked an interest for him.

Gary has been trained in Mental Health First Aid, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). He is a Certified Mental Health Works, Compassion Fatigue, and Rent SMART trainer. In addition, he has a certification in Adult Education from Sheridan College, and obtained his Personal Training and Fitness Instructor Certification.

The number of individuals that experience mental illness continues to grow, these individuals may walk among us everyday but we don’t know. Gary’s belief, that no one should have to go through the experience of recovering from a mental health issue alone, inspires him to continue to spread mental health knowledge and bring understanding and support to those in need.

For further details: Contact our office at 905-451-1215 or email: "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." —Nelson Mandela (Project funded through the Provincial Safer and Vital Communities Grant)


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