About Us

Our Mission

Using our collective experiences to empower members of Black communities by breaking mental health barriers and promoting healing through culturally competent education and innovative community care.

Our vision is to become a national leader in community-led Black mental health advocacy and support.

 

We Value 

Being Black-led
Upholding BMHC’s core values by ensuring that the community is served and supported by the people who look like them, while still acknowledging the importance of having allies at the table. 

Cultural competency
Providing knowledge and awareness with humility, by respecting  cultural diversity across the many intersections and aspects of identity. 

Anti-oppression
Implementing alternative systems that promote harm reduction and social justice through our advocacy and radical understanding of unique experiences.

Cultural empowerment
Enabling cultural belonging and understanding by promoting and encouraging self-actualization, acceptance and ethnic awareness.

Community care
Ensuring that through our communal approach, each individual in need within Black communities has access to care and is embedded in an interconnected network.

 

Our Team

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Kristen Young (she/her)
BMHC Co-Director/Administrative Coordinator

Kristen is an archivist and records manager who specialises in community archives while working as a consultant with various companies and community organizations in administration, program development, and program evaluation. She has been the administrator behind Black Mental Health Connections Montreal since 2018. 

 

IMG_1997Samm Reid (she/her)
Project Coordinator
                 

Samm incorporates her passion for community, social justice and realities concerning mental health into her artistic and community projects. She is devoted to creating safe spaces, sharing stories and advocating for youth. Using music and writing as a form of healing, Samm works to instill confidence, self-pride and unity within her community and encourages the freedom of creation, in hopes to awaken others to their power of expression and finding strength within.

 

IMG_2009Andrea Clarke (she/her)
BMHC Co-Director/Treasurer

Andrea Clarke works at Concordia University supporting and promoting community engagement and social impact. Having a professional/academic background that spans multiple sectors (i.e., community, public and private) she is passionate about pursuing the opportunities that exist in the spaces between siloes.

 

IMG_2023Aishah Seivwright (she/her)
BMHC Co-Director/Program Coordinator

Aishah is an imaginative and solution-oriented project coordinator, who believes supporting mental health through non-hierarchical, and anti-oppressive organizing is a critical step towards meaningful change towards a better future for us all. Aishah brings a deeply grounded perspective on equity, intersectionality and neurodiversity in her work to destigmatize mental health within the Black community as co-director of Black Mental Health Connections Montreal.