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The Toolkit is a repository of resources to support settlement, social service and health service providers in appropriately responding to the mental health needs of recent immigrants and refugees. It aligns with the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Online Course’s modules to provide you with capacity-building resources that are relevant for your daily practice. While the Toolkit complements the course content, the resources are relevant for all service providers working with immigrants and refugees.

This online toolkit is constantly evolving and we welcome your suggestions for material relevant to immigrant and refugee mental health. If you would like to make a suggestion, please email us.

Module1Module 1: Immigration and the Social Determinants of Health

This section provides you with information on immigrants and refugees in a Canadian context. Through reports, government resources, fact sheets, and relevant books, you will gain a greater understand of immigration in Canada and the social determinants of health.

Module2Module 2: Introduction to Mental Disorders

This section provides you with information on mental illness in Canada. It contains questionnaires and assessment tools that are relevant for working with immigrant and refugee populations.

Module3Module 3: Mental Health Needs of Special Populations

This section provides resources to relevant to the unique mental health needs of six vulnerable immigrant and refugee subgroups: women, children, older adults, survivors of torture, LGBTQ (i.e., people who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) and persons living with disabilities.

Module4Module 4: Counselling and Case management

In this section, you can access networks, toolkits, and organizations with promising practices to help facilitate daily encounters with immigrants and refugees. Resources focus on providing trauma-informed care, essential communication skills and client support.

Module5Module 5: Service Use, Pathways to Care and Interpretation

This section provides resources on immigrant and refugee service use and navigating access to care. Through highlighted organizations and their promising practices, government programs, and guides for interpretation services, the section gives you practical support.

Module6Module 6: Mental Health Promotion and Partnerships

In this section you will find frameworks, coalitions, best practices, and techniques to support your work in mental health promotion and developing partnerships.

Module7Module 7: Self-care and Self-awareness

This section provides guides, frameworks, and tools to support cultural competent practices and emphasize your own self-care.