Toward Holistic and Community-Based Interventions in the Mental Health of Black and Filipino Youth


  • Jessica Ellen Ticar York University
  • Fiona Edwards York University



intersectionality, decolonization, racialized youth, holistic community-based interventions, child and youth mental health


The field of social work needs critical education on how colonialism and oppression have impacted the mental-health experiences of Black and Filipino youth. The psychological and socio-political factors impacting these particular youth have been examined in the literature, and we highlight the need for transformative change within service provision and interventions. Our article proposes an alternative model based on culturally relevant, decolonial, intersectional, holistic, and community-based interventions within the Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada. Situated within a settler colonial nation-state, we maintain that our proposed interventions have the potential to engage in decolonization and solidarities with other marginalized groups, specifically other racialized communities and Indigenous Nations, going beyond the dominant clinical models in youth mental health. We propose that these interventions centre the particular and respective experiences of Black and Filipino youth in this geographical location, dismantling settler colonialism using intersectional and decolonial frameworks.

Author Biographies

Jessica Ellen Ticar, York University

Dr. Jessica Ellen Ticar, Ph.D., is postdoctoral visitor at the York Centre for Asian Research, York University. Her research interests include transnational migration, political agency, and social justice; intergenerational trauma, family dynamics, and mental health; knowledge mobilization; culturally relevant and anti-oppressive practice; educational policy; intersectional and decolonization approaches; and critical feminist praxis in education.

Fiona Edwards, York University

Fiona Edwards is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Social Work, York University, where she also received a Master of Social Work degree. Her research interests include child and youth mental health, mental illness stigma, anti-oppressive social work, race, racialization, racism and mental health, religiosity/spirituality and mental health, anti-Black racism, critical race theory and postcolonial theory.