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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Nicholls, MSW, RSW

Racialized Trauma: Black and Asian Solidarity, Black and Asian Mental Health

Updated: Feb 10

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to be in conversation with Social Worker/Therapist, Harry Au about allyship, activism, and our mental health during the pandemic. We know that there has been a spike in Anti-Asian racist acts of violence and an ongoing systemic problem of police violence against Black people. Are we in conflict or does the media tells us we are? What is the Model Minority myth and how does it impact our mental health? Has it always been this way? What can we address collectively, and how do we heal in community?


We are meeting on Zoom on June 23, 5pm-7pm, to talk about activism and mental health in the context of Anti-Asian racism, and Black Solidarity.


The School of Social Work (York University) is hosting “This Isn’t New: Anti-Asian Racism, Black-Asian Solidarity, and Our Mental Health” on Wednesday, June 23rd 2021 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Join facilitators Harry Au and Michelle Nicholls for a conversation, as we talk about racism during this pandemic, solidarity work amongst racialized groups, and how to take care of our mental health as activists.

Please use the following link to register: https://bit.ly/3oTEOwN - Please note, the zoom link will be emailed to you automatically.




Harry Au is a 1.5 generation Chinese immigrant on Turtle Island. And these are his own words in describing himself: “I love being a therapist, but what I truly want to do is

to play and rest and learn. So, I made it my mission to help people go after their own goals too.”

Michelle Nicholls is an Afro-Caribbean social worker, born in Barbados, and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto). Her private practice focuses on nurturing mindful connection with

Black and racialized individuals, and community members.


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