That's why BEMHI offers entrepreneurs and essential workers the opportunity to engage with culturally appropriate mental health supports and wellness sessions at no cost.
The life of a Black professional is filled with dramatic highs and lows -
From January - April 2022, BEMHI is connecting 200 entrepreneurs and essential workers with the opportunity to participate in five one-hour sessions with a therapist at no cost.
In 2020, Innovate Inclusion launched BEMHI in direct response to increased anxieties felt by founders due to the pandemic.
This year, BEMHI is expanding — we are now offering this service to Black entrepreneurs and essential workers across Ontario and Quebec.
The BEMHI application is a simple three-step process. Participants are accepted to the program on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Our curated list of practitioners offer culturally appropriate care
Black Entrepreneurs Mental Health Initiative (BEMHI) FAQs
How do I apply for BEMHI?
BEMHI intake is currently closed, but feel free to follow our social media page for updates.
Am I eligible to apply for BEMHI?
Successful applicants will meet the following guidelines:
- Must be at least 18 years of age;
- Must agree to completing five one-hour therapy session before April 15, 2022;
- Must identify as a member of a racialized community;
- Must be an entrepreneur or essential worker;
- Must complete a feedback survey prior to, and after program completion;
- Must reside in Ontario or Quebec.
Why are BEMHI sessions free?
BEMHI is a program developed by Innovate Inclusion supported by community partners dedicated to the mental and physical well-being of historically excluded communities.
Who makes the therapy payments?
We want to make this process as easy as possible, so therapists bill BEMHI directly, leaving you free to focus on your well-being.
How does BEMHI protect my privacy?
The information shared with your therapist is private and confidential.
Applicants are asked to complete anonymous feedback surveys before and after completing the program. Survey responses are private, but the aggregate data will be used by Innovate Inclusion to improve BEMHI, gain insight on issues faced by Black professionals, and to develop future programming.
What if I want to switch therapists?
Simply reach out to your account manager at BEMHI and we will work together to find a therapist that better fits your needs.