Dear Black Girl: A Love Letter to My Younger Self

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February is Black History Month & what some like to call the Month of Love. For me, it is a time of self-reflection as I often find myself reminiscing about the past and contemplating the future.

I recently came across a video I made in Grade 12 for my Media class. The video visualized my personal essay titled “Inner Shards,” and I was so delighted to find it because I thought I had permanently lost the essay due to technological issues. Now a 20-year-old Black woman, watching the video transported me into the past as I listened to then 17-year-old me narrate her story.

So, in the spirit of this month, I would like to share that story with you and dedicate a love letter to my younger self and all the young Black girls reading this.

Minority Discrimination In Psychiatric Diagnoses

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Mental Health Concerns Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. It would make sense that as there are more than 200,000 immigrants and around 25,000 refugees who come to Canada each year, that we would have mental health services readily accessible to them. However this is not the case, and…

Gender Discrimination In Psychiatric Diagnoses

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There are common gender differences in the general population in regards to psychiatric and mental health. Depression and anxiety disorders are more likely to be diagnosed in women whereas substance abuse issues are more common in men.  There may be gender differences in several types of psychiatric diagnoses between women and men. There are many…

Bordeline Personality Disorder

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Disclaimer: I am merely an individual struggling with the disease, not a trained mental health professional, I am only able to speak on behalf of my experience.