Racism, Diversity and Mental Health: The 2021 Low-Beer Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the impact of racism, discrimination, and inequality on health and wellbeing, and increased our attention and interest in exploring ways for change. This is congruent with AMI’s interest in exploring diversity and possible ways to improve our own response to diverse communities.

On October 14th, Dr. Myrna Lashley, Renate Betts, and Shyam Pillai will address the intricate relations between racism, diversity and mental health from both their professional and lived experience.

Myrna Lashley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, is an internationally recognized clinical, teaching, and research authority in cultural psychology, serving as an expert consultant to various institutions, to the City of Montreal, and to government and non-governmental agencies at the Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal levels on issues of equity and inclusivity.

Renate Betts is the Executive Director of the Westhaven Elmhurst Community Recreation Association, which caters to children’s social, physical and self-empowerment needs, and helps them evolve and develop in a safe and secure environment. Working with youth from diverse backgrounds and being a child of mixed race provides rich insight into mental health challenges faced by racialized persons of different ages.

Shyam Pillai is a creative arts therapist and a licensed psychotherapist working with individuals, couples, families, and groups who are dealing with mental health issues, relational conflicts, and minor- ity stress issues in LGBTQI and folks of colour. He leads the Pride team at McGill University for students struggling with gender and sexuality issues.

Sean Henry, host of CBC’s Daybreak, will be our emcee.

Thursday, October 14, 7 pm
Online on Google Meet
Call 514-486-1448 for more information

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lecture will be held online.

Google Meet is easy to use. Click HERE if you need assistance.

Email registration@amiquebec.org  or call 514-486-1448 with any questions.

Online on Google Meet

No registration necessary–just click on the button above to join at 7pm on October 14th.

We will also be broadcasting live on Facebook. If you’d rather join us there, click HERE.