With Vanessa Wright and Dr. Clare Pain

The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project facilitates a virtual Community of Practice (CoP) comprised of health, settlement and social services providers across Canada who support the mental health of immigrants and refugees. The CoP online discussion board allows providers to pose questions to the Project’s panel of subject matter experts (SMEs). We will be bringing you some of the questions posed by providers and answers provided by the SMEs.


“What would be the best way to start talking about mental issues with a client if you suspect they may have any?”

Response by Vanessa Wright, nurse practitioner, Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic




I'm interested in asking the whole panel of experts what they think, in their expertise and experience, are the greatest barriers newcomers face to accessing adequate mental health care in Canada, and any proposed solutions”.

Response by Dr. Clare Pain, director, Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital; Associate Professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto





- Have a good or promising practice you’d like to share with other providers on how you are supporting the mental health or influencing the social determinants of mental health for immigrants and refugees? Then contact us at irmhproject@camh.ca

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