Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference

On behalf of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (formerly Pillar 4) and the Muslim Medical Association of Canada(MMAC), we would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference (CMMHC) on Sunday December 16th 2018 at the Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto.

Tickets are now on sale at Please find the tentative program here as well.

We are currently recruiting highly dedicated and motivated volunteers for the conference. Please fill out this online form if you are interested in volunteering with us:

We are also still open for research submission – please see the call for abstracts. Abstracts can be submitted in English or French at (deadline November 18th).

The conference has four main objectives:

1) To bring together and strengthen connections between health care providers, organizations, individuals with lived experience, students, spiritual leaders and researchers working with Muslim mental health issues in Canada and

2) To provide psychoeducation to the general public on mental health topics in the context of spirituality and Islam and

3) To decrease the stigma of mental illness within the Muslim community and

4) To increase access to culturally and spiritually appropriate mental health resources to the Muslim community

Please find past programs here for your information:

The Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference focuses on mental health topics in the context of spirituality and is open to Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds. Speakers and panelists will include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists and spiritual leaders. The conference is scheduled from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with the keynote speaker in the morning.

The mental health conference is the only annual national Muslim mental health conference in Canada. We have several national and international speakers and experts joining us. We had a great turnout last year with over 180 attendees ranging from physicians and allied healthcare professionals to religious scholars. The breadth and depth of our speaking panel attracted a diversity of attendees from several cities across Canada and beyond.

We look forward to a blessed conference that is useful to all those who attend and participate.


Culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees

A primer for staff working in mental health and psychosocial support programme

This review’s aim is to provide information about the sociocultural background and contextual aspects of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of the Somali population. It is primarily written for humanitarian staff involved in providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) to Somali people who have been affected by displacement, both within Somalia as well as countries hosting Somalia refugees, particularly within neighbouring African countries. The content of this review should assist MHPSS workers in the design and delivery of interventions to promote mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. It may also be relevant for other humanitarian professionals working with Somalis, and for mental health professionals working with Somalis in resettlement countries.

Source: Document – Culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees

Woori Maum: Korean Canadian Mental Health Association

Woori Maum Toronto is a Korean Canadian community organization based in Toronto, Ontario. Our aim is to reduce mental illness stigma and to enhance mental health and wellbeing.

Source: Information — Woori Maum

We have adapted the Fred Victor (prev. CRCT) booklet, Navigating Mental Health Services in Toronto: A Guide for Newcomer Communities, to specifically address Korean Canadians living in the Greater Toronto Area. This booklet provides current information all about mental health problems – types of mental illnesses, experiences, stigma, treatment, and more. Understanding and experiencing mental health problems can be scary and difficult, and being an immigrant or newcomer to Canada can mean greater obstacles to resources and recovery. We hope this booklet with directory helps Korean Canadians know more about mental health issues as well as reduce barriers to available resources throughout the GTA.

The directory, included at the back of the booklet, is an exhaustive list of Korean-speaking mental health professionals and family doctors who can help those experiencing mental health problems and their family members.

This project was made possible by the funding from The Love Toronto Project of Mil Al Church.


Understanding Mental Health Problems & Access to Treatment for Korean Canadians | 정신 질환과 치료에 관해 알아보기

English | 영어 (PDF)
Korean | 한국어 (PDF)


English | 영어 (PDF)
Korean | 한국어 (PDF)

Catalyst – October 2016 – Case for Diversity Paints Opportunity for Service Improvement | Mental Health Commission of Canada

Source: Catalyst – October 2016 – Case for Diversity Paints Opportunity for Service Improvement | Mental Health Commission of Canada

MHCC Backs Research in Case for Diversity with an Investment in Refugee Mental Health

They say timing is everything. This is certainly true in the case of prescient policy work undertaken by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to improve mental health services and supports by and for immigrants, refugees, ethno-cultural and racialized (IRER) populations.

“We began our work to understand the disparity in service usage before the Syrian refugee crisis, and before recent revisions to Canada’s immigration policy,” says Ed Mantler, MHCC Vice-President of Programs and Priorities. “We have long understood this population to be underserved, and now we really have the momentum to push forward with the case for service improvement.”

Mantler is referring to the MHCC’s Case for Diversity Project, which began in 2014, building on a significant prior research paper.

Led by Drs. Kwame McKenzie and Branka Agic, this seminal work paints an up-to-date portrait of the demography of diversity in Canada, promising practices, and an economic analysis.

“To ensure fair access to mental health services for IRER populations, equity must become part of health system planning, including setting targets and identifying those responsible for leading change,” says Dr. Kwame McKenzie, co-principal investigator on the project and Director of Health Equity at CAMH. “As a country with a diverse population and an increasingly knowledge-based economy, the mental health of all of Canada’s residents is an important investment and we cannot afford to leave anyone behind.”

MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley echoes Dr. McKenzie’s perspective. “We can now point to specific numbers that tell us we aren’t investing enough in the mental wellness of a vulnerable population,” says Bradley. “By replicating promising practices, we can make smart, targeted investments that are likely to have the greatest impact. And we are prepared to back this research with an investment of our own.”

At the launch event of the Case for Diversity, Bradley announced that the MHCC will provide funding to the Refugee Mental Health Project, an evidence-informed online course – available in English and French – to help settlement, social and health service providers build knowledge and skills around the needs of refugees.

Here’s Why Black People in Canada Are Healthier Than Those in the U.S. | TakePart

Researchers say it doesn’t have to do with socioeconomic status or Canada’s health care system.

Researchers are finding that racism and a legacy of American slavery may play an even bigger role in health disparities, a revelation that is being unearthed by diving deep into numbers that compare the health of America’s black population with that of blacks in a country where the African slave trade wasn’t significant: Canada.

Chantel Ramraj, a researcher at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, set out to compare the differences between the health of blacks and whites in Canada and the U.S. The study, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, found that black Canadians fare better than black Americans, even after controlling for socioeconomic factors and bad health behaviors. Researchers believe that means there must be other reasons why disparities exist between the two countries, such as the biological legacy of slavery and ongoing systemic racism in America.


Source: Here’s Why Black People in Canada Are Healthier Than Those in the U.S. | TakePart

Improving Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities

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Systematic Review of Cultural Competence Research Now Available

This report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reviews studies of interventions to improve culturally appropriate health care for people with disabilities; lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender populations; and racial/ethnic minority populations found that none examined cultural competence’s impact on disparities. Although many of the interventions studies were innovative, poor study quality prevented conclusions on whether they worked.

To download click here:  Comparative Effectiveness Review: Improving Cultural Competence to Reduce Disparities

You may also be interested in “Taking Steps Toward Cultural Competence,” a fact sheet from The SHARE Approach, a shared decision making toolkit.


CBC Ideas on Cultural Psychiatry

Early in the twentieth century German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin travelled to Indonesia to see how mental illnesses there compared to what he knew back home. Transcultural psychiatry was born. Today McGill University is a world leader in the research and practice of a branch of psychiatry with links to anthropology, cultural studies and family therapy. David Gutnick steps into a world where treatment relies less on medication and more on talk and understanding.

Source: Like I Was Talking to Myself in the Mirror – Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio

Hope Within Horror: Marina Nemat – Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio

When Marina Nemat was 16 and living in Tehran, she was arrested at gunpoint and sentenced to life in Iran’s most notorious prison, where she was repeatedly tortured and assaulted. She now lives just north of Toronto, and argues that the best way to combat evil in the world is through small acts of kindness. She delivered the 2016 International Issues Discussion series lecture at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Source: Hope Within Horror: Marina Nemat – Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio

S’occuper d’une famille de réfugiés syriens nouvellement arrivés

Les recommandations concernant les interventions préventives résumées ont été adaptées pour les réfugiés syriens nouvellement arrivés ne présentant aucun symptôme à partir des lignes directrices de la CCSIR2 ainsi que d’autres lignes directrices. Ces recommandations tiennent compte des conclusions de rapports de surveillance européens, étant donné que l’Europe a accueilli près de 600 000 réfugiés syriens au cours de la dernière année. Voir:

Guide des Relations interculturelles en santé mentale | ACSM Montréal

Le Guide des Relations interculturelles en santé mentale est un outil de référence, de soutien et de prévention destiné aux intervenants, spécialisés ou non en santé mentale, travaillant auprès des personnes issues de l’immigration.Ce guide propose une réflexion sur les enjeux de l’intervention en contexte interculturel ainsi que des points de repère pour comprendre les difficultés reliées à l’immigration et les distinguer de celles associées à la détresse psychologique, voire à certains troubles mentaux plus sévères.Il présente des façons concrètes pour améliorer vos pratiques afin d’aider les personnes que vous rencontrez chaque jour. En outre, le guide propose un bottin de ressources utiles.

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Source: Guide des Relations interculturelles en santé mentale | ACSM Montréal