Pictured above: SAPACCY Team including the 2 SWs, Director, Case Worker and Clinical Supervisor
Substance Abuse Program for African Caribbean and Black Canadian Youth (SAPACCY) program
The Substance Abuse Program for African Caribbean and Black Canadian Youth (SAPACCY) program provides community-based mental health and/or substance use services that are holistic, anti-oppressive, Africentric, and culturally safe for Black youth (ages 12-29) and their families/caregivers. The Program is one of 7 other locations in Ontario, including one location at CAMH. The Windsor-Essex program recently launched Open Houses in October 2022 at weCHC for Health Care Providers, Community Partners , Parents/ Caregivers and Youth.
Over 40 Community Organizations have come through the doors to show their support and learn more about how we can all work together in supporting the Black Community.
In celebration of Black History Month the SAPACCY team will be holding an event on February 21 at weCHC for youth, care partners, and caregivers from 4:30pm – 8:00pm. For more information on the event visit www.wechc.org.
For more information about SAPACCY: https://wechc.org/counselling-general/the-substance-abuse-program-for-african-and-caribbean-canadian-youth-sapaccy/
Statistics on Black Mental Health in Canada
- 38.3% of Black Canadians with mental health issues used mental health services between 2001-2014 compared to 50.8% of White Canadians.
- 60% said they would be more willing to use mental health services if the mental health professional were Black.
- 95.1% felt that the underutilization of mental health services by Black Canadian residents was an issue that needed to be addressed.
Learn more on the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s website.