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The Project

The project

This project is an evidence-based, capacity-building initiative designed to enhance your knowledge and skills as a settlement, social or health service provider, to appropriately respond to the unique mental health needs of new immigrants and refugees, and to foster inter-sector and inter-professional collaboration. The project will contribute to advancing the network of service provision for immigrants and refugees across Canada.

Through interactive online training, resources and activities, the project offers current research evidence, practical information on promising and innovative practices and video demonstrations on how to use specific tools and strategies.

Building on the success of the Refugee Mental Health Project, this new project examines the mental health problems and disorders of different groups of immigrants and refugees along with services, treatments and supports that have been effective. This project offers a comprehensive overview of immigrants’ mental health, along with expanded knowledge on the particular needs of refugees. It outlines different pathways to mental health and mental illness among various subgroups of immigrants, addresses the role of culture and context, and provides examples of promising practices and innovative approaches to service delivery.

The online course was designed using new course-authoring tools to provide a uniquely interactive learning experience where you can share your knowledge and experiences with hundreds of service providers across Canada, consult experts in the field and learn strategies you would use on-the-job.

Identified need

An identified need

Immigration plays a critical role in Canada’s economic and population growth. Good mental health is key for the successful settlement and integration of new immigrants and refugees, however, evidence shows that the mental health of both immigrants and refugees tends to worsen with time in Canada. We know that rates of mental health problems and disorders differ significantly among different subgroups of immigrants, and between them, and that social, political and historical context matter. Furthermore, immigrants and refugees use mental health services less often than the Canadian-born population, and face numerous barriers when accessing services.
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Since its inception, the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project has been privileged with the participation of many contributors. We would like to acknowledge the strategic guidance of the advisory committee, the expertise of subject matter experts and the efforts of the project team.