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Student Health and Wellness acknowledges the racial disparities in mental health care. 

Student Health and Wellness provides the following services for IBPOC students:

  • SHW staff provide culturally sensitive counselling, medical services and programming
  • Ongoing collaboration with Racialized Student Groups and International Students to promote IBPOC mental wellbeing through mental health awareness initiatives, advocacy and more.


On Campus Supports and Resources

Lakehead Supports

Thunder Bay Campus

Orillia Campus

 LUSU Centres and Student Groups

Logo for the Aboriginal Awareness Centre. Shows one quarter of a sun beside the nameThe AAC offers programs and services in areas such as, but not limited to: Sports and referral, Aboriginal Issues, Advocating and Lobbying Cross Culture Training, Traditional Healing, The Four Sacred Medicines, How to Approach an Elder Protocol, Sweatlodge Ceremony, Pow-wow and Protocol, Traditional Art Workshops, Traditional Arts and Crafts Workshops, Aboriginal Speaker Series, Discussion Groups, Stereotypes and Myth Breaking, Traditional Feasts, and Aboriginal Library/Resource Centre.

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 The MCC is an education, lobbying, support and referral service, which is open to all Lakehead University students regardless of ethnic background. The MCC hosts events that acknowledge and celebrate the cultural diversity at Lakehead and around the world. Often, there are a series of interactive diversity nights on campus. These nights are multidimensional and take the form of workshops, concerts and cultural dinners

  • Student Clubs- IBPOC student-led groups exist on both our campuses, check out the LUSU directory to see which ones are active (or start your own)

Off Campus Supports and Resources

Remote Resources and Hotlines

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Canada-wide helpline for young black individuals who need help accessing mental health and educational resources. Available daily from 9 am-10 pm EST.  1-833-294-8650.

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Offers a directory of care providers, primarily therapists, who have committed to supporting IBPOC individuals. Also offers many external resources including articles, meditation practices, podcasts, videos and many other forms of additional resources for patrons to explore.

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Confronts the barriers to healthcare and reproductive freedom for Canadian IBPOC women, two-spirit, and non-binary individuals.

Using a holistic and integrated service model addressing the political, social, and cultural challenges faced by their communities. 

  • Native Youth Crisis Helpline- This 24/7 crisis line is for Indigenous youth and is available for residents of Canada and the United States. Call 1-877-209-1266.
  • Talk4Healing -Culturally grounded, confidential helpline for indigenous women. available in 14 languages and available 24/7. Call or Text 1-855-554-HEAL. The website also offers a live chat option.

  • Hope for Wellness- Hope for Wellness is a 24/7 phone or online chat service that offers crisis and counselling services to indigenous peoples across Canada.

  • Hong Fook Mental Health Association

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Dedicated to improving the health of Asian communities within Canada. Offered in a variety of languages to improve accessibility.


Shows the Naseeha name on a text message outline.With our confidential helpline, our youth receives immediate, anonymous, and confidential support over the phone from 12 PM – 12 AM EST 7 days a week. Call or text 1 (866) 627-3342.

 logo for the multicultural mental health resource centre with four multicoloured diamondsOffers multilingual resources for individuals on the topics of mental health, resources, and avenues of treatment. 

Apps, Podcasts and Accounts to Follow


  • The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. ThemaWith weekly episodes, Thema Bryant-Davis frames her approach to mental well-being as the spiritual and psychological journey of coming home to oneself. A minister, psychologist and artist, Bryant-Davis normalizes the work of mental health for both professionals like herself as well as those who seek treatment. 
  • All My Relations- On this podcast, a duo of Indigenous hosts delve into their relationships with the land, and each other, which regularly intersect with mental health. Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller, belongs to the Swinomish and Tulalip people, and Adrienne Keene, a university professor, is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Together, they engage in conversation with a variety of guests to shed light on Indigenous perspectives to promote well-being when colonialist harm continues. 
  • The Melanated Social Work Podcast- As an ongoing conversation about the impact of white supremacy on mental health, this podcast provides valuable psychoeducation from four practicing BIPOC social workers, Josh McNeil, Marvin Toliver, Michael Grinnell and Jesse Wiltey. This podcast ended in the fall of 2022 but the episodes are still worth listening to.
  • Between Sessions Podcast- Described as “two brown chicks changing the face of therapy on both sides of the couch,” this podcast is hosted by Eliza Boqiun and Eboni Harris, co-founders of Melanin and Mental Health, to support the unique needs of communities of colour for culturally appropriate treatment options. Listeners have a selection of more than 100 shows from these therapists, who regularly interview other BIPOC professionals to deconstruct how to address barriers to treatment and better advocate for underserved individuals. 
  • Therapy for Black Girls-Atlanta-based clinical psychologist Joy Harden Bradford founded “Therapy for Black Girls,” a weekly podcast offering mental health resources and advice for both personal and professional development for Black women and beyond.


  • The Safe Place-  "The Safe Place" Is a Minority Mental Health App geared towards the Black Community. The Purpose of the "Safe Place" is to bring more awareness, education, and hope to this serious issue. Not only can the black community benefit from this app, but also mental health professionals, friends, and family, of ALL colours can be better educated on this issue and do a service by directing their black friends, co-workers, etc. to the app.
  • Minds of The Culture- Created and designed by therapist, Dr. Chanda Reynolds, this mobile app is a tool to help the black community cope with mental health. The app includes a mood journal, black therapist directory, blogs and videos about mental health matters, faith-based coping and more!

  • Thunderbird Wellness App- promotes a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to supporting Indigenous wellness.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources- if you have a resource you think should be added please email activities.shcc@lakeheadu.ca