For many years I worked in the field of Mental Health. With an academic background in Social Work and a passion for this topic, I have come to an understanding that we cannot have real conversations about mental illnesses if we don’t have real conversations about how mental health institutions carry out services, particularly when it comes to serving communities of color.

According to Suicide Prevention Canada, suicide and self-inflicted injuries are the leading cause of death for First Nations Communities. Among other communities of color, stats show that economic factors negatively affect our mental health, from income deprivation to unemployment, and let’s be real, the list goes on.

From a socio-economic standpoint, communities of color face experiences like racism and stigmatization, leading to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.

It’s clear that communities of color are greatly affected by mental illness, yet we appear to be least likely to utilize mental health services.

So why is that? What’s stopping us from getting help?

Meet Uzo Chioma, repeat podcast guest, creator, and founder of QPOC Winnipeg and Psychiatric nurse. We also have the brilliant Gabriela Avendano-Gonzalez community helper with the Canadian Mental Health Association here in Winnipeg.

Join me, Uzo and Gabriela as we chat..

  • Ways mental health institutions and organizations can better serve communities of color
  • How and why POC need to access services when in need.
  • Getting rid of stigma
  • Creating safe spaces and so much more!


To learn more about Uzo, check out QPOC Winnipeg on Instagram and Facebook. And to learn more about the services Canadian Mental Health Association provides, head over to


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