Health promotion and prevention

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Refugees

Read these guidelines, published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Toronto Public Health, that provides health and social service providers with current evidence-based approaches in the application of mental health promotion concepts and principles for refugees.

Developing preventive mental health interventions for refugee families in resettlement        

View this article that highlights and discusses 8 characteristics that preventive mental health interventions should address to meet the needs of refugee families.

Journey to promote mental health: Refugee mental health and providing effective support

View this comprehensive presentation developed by the Hong Fook Mental Health Association.

Mental health promotion: A framework for action

View this Canadian Mental Health Association’s website that provides foundational information on mental health promotion including key concepts, myths, and applications.

Promoting mental health and preventing mental disorder among refugees in Western countries

Read this literature review that focuses on mental health promotion and highlights two areas for further action: limiting stressors during the migration trajectory and treatment of past trauma.

Promoting mental health: Concepts, emerging evidence and practice

Read this report, published by the World Health Organization, that describes key concepts, emerging evidence, and policy and practice in relation to mental health promotion.

Promoting mental health for immigrants and refugees

Read this report composed of different articles, developed by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of British Columbia that highlights the key aspects of mental health promotion for immigrants and refugees.

Toolkit quick links

Toolkit Quick Links





Determinants of refugee mental health

Health promotion and prevention 

Screening and assessment


Policies and procedures