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The Brock Human Rights and Equity (HRE) team, in association with BeWell Badgers and the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, is putting on a mental health event entitled #MentalHealthSoWhite, aimed to specifically focus on the mental health needs of Students of Colour. 

 

The event, set to take place on Thursday, January 28 from 1 to 3 p.m., will occur on the platform LifeSize, a virtual meeting space similar to Zoom and Microsoft Teams. 

 

According to Jermaine Marshall, Events & Volunteer Coordinator for Brock HRE, the event will include several presentations and panel discussions featuring several local mental health professionals, including social worker and therapist Zameena Hussain, the Clinical Director at Al-Nahda Multicultural Counselling Hiba Khatkhat, as well as Brock’s own student health services manager Mehroon Kassam. 

 

“The #MentalHealthSoWhite event will focus on ways in which we as a community and tertiary institution can better support diverse students’ mental wellbeing both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Marshall. “All while challenging systematic and personal biases and reducing the barriers that prevent these students from accessing support.”

 

The event will also encourage participants to engage in an in-depth conversation on race, racism and mental health in the 21st century, followed by a questions and answers session.

 

As we quickly approach the one-year mark since the start of the pandemic, the importance of taking care of one’s mental health has certainly been heightened during the past 10-plus months. Brock HRE continues to offer various events and services aimed at providing support to students who may be struggling, including a series of weekly drop-in sessions where students can pop in and get the help they may need.

 

With Brock recently announcing that the spring and summer terms will also be primarily conducted online, we all need to make sure that we address the burnout of online school sooner rather than later, especially now that a return to in-person classes won’t officially happen until at least September.

 

Brock HRE believes that they are doing their part to ensure students are making the most of all the various mental health services they have available to them with events like these.

For more information on this event, visit https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/174799. Registration is not necessary for the event; interested students can access the event’s livestream through the link above. To find a list and description of all future Brock HRE events, visit https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/human-rights/events.