In the Black community there is a negative stigma surrounding mental health. Instead of seeking professional help for conditions such as depression and anxiety some people in the community resort to self-medication (drugs, opioids, alcohol, etc.) or isolation in an attempt to solve their problems on their own. This issue of masking pain is especially prevalent amongst Black men.
Partnering with the Somerset West Community Health Centre, ACAO continues to deliver on our mandate to ensure total health including mental health for people of African descent in the National Capital Region.