Racialized Canadians are less likely than others to receive needed mental health care services, and Indigenous Peoples continue to suffer from worse mental health than their white counterparts. To achieve equity in mental health care, we need new research that is not only grounded in science but also more inclusive, culturally sensitive, and patient-centred.
Dr. Monnica Williams, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, is developing strategies to respond to these challenges. She and her research team are exploring the causes of mental health disparities, cultivating future scholars who are culturally sensitive, and promoting effective treatments that will improve how diverse people in Canada are served. Their findings will foster a healthier, more productive, more just society.