Mental Health Videos Launch
To celebrate Mental Health Week, OPH has unveiled the first have THAT talk About Racism and Allyship videos. The haveTHATtalk (hTt) mental health education series and videos have received more than 1.6 million views worldwide.
Based on feedback from the community and data from the Mental Health of Ottawa’s Black Community research study, OPH worked with community partners to create the following three videos to highlight the impacts of racism on mental health:
- Talking about racism can be hard for some people. Learn about how racism impacts health and how you can start the conversation. Watch the haveTHATtalk About Racism videos, available in English, French, Arabic, Mandarin and Somali.
- To learn steps and strategies to support others experiencing racism and discrimination, see the How to be an Ally videos, available in English and French.
- To learn about myths and misconceptions related to racism, watch the What is Racism videos, available in English and French.
During this week’s launch of the videos, OPH, with our partners, discussed the trends and challenges related to racism and how we can each continue these conversations.
Racism is a public health issue that is experienced worldwide. Canada’s Indigenous populations and communities of different racial backgrounds report experiences of discrimination due to race. To view the full list of videos, and to learn about the impacts of racism on health and how you can be an ally, please visit OPH’s havethattalk.ca.
Mental Health Stories: Aging Well in Ottawa
OPH’s Aging Well in Ottawa team has been sharing their personal stories about taking care of their mental health during the pandemic as well as general tips and information about resilience and connectedness during these difficult times. These personal journeys, and more general mental health tips, are posted on the Aging Well in Ottawa Facebook page and can be shared with residents and viewed at the following links:
March 3, 2021 – Personal Story – Seeking help for mental health
March 9, 2021 – Personal Story – Optimism, spring, and gardening
March 18, 2021 – Personal Story – Nature, facing challenges, and staying strong
March 19, 2021 – Personal Story – Photographs and reminiscing with friends/family
April 23, 2021 – Going outside during Stay-at-Home Order
For more information on mental health resources, we would encourage you to review OPH’s Mental Health Fact Sheet, which is also available in other languages here.