In Canada, the mental health system has often missed the mark for young Black girls and young women. A remarkable 78% of Black Canadians feel that the mental health system does not understand their unique needs, resulting in alarming mental health disparities within this dynamic demographic. These disparities affect their well-being, academic pursuits, and maternal health experiences.
Young Black women face mental health challenges at double the rate of their white counterparts. The glaring lack of access to culturally competent mental health services only exacerbates these issues, leading to underutilization and inadequate support.
In response to this clarion call, The Udada Project: Community-Led Mental Health for Black Girls and Women has taken flight. Our mission is to evaluate the current mental health landscape in Canada, shatter access barriers, craft tailored interventions, raise awareness, and establish a mental health support system that champions young Black women.