Digital Humanitarianism: How Tech Entrepreneurs Are Supporting Refugee Integration | migrationpolicy.org

Tech communities in Europe and North America have been spurred into action by the refugee crisis, developing apps and other tools that can be used along the journey, immediately upon arrival, and for longer-term integration into the host society. This report maps several types of emerging tools and considers how policymakers responsible for refugee integration might play a more active role in supporting the most promising.

Source: Digital Humanitarianism: How Tech Entrepreneurs Are Supporting Refugee Integration | migrationpolicy.org

Mental health medication information in Chinese (Med Ed)

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in this Cantonese video, Dr. Kenneth Fung discusses the Chinese version of Med Ed, a booklet which helps teenagers with mental health issues to understand their medication and its side effects and to help them track their side effects, symptoms and changing dosage.

The first of its kind, Med Ed is for people who are thinking about or are already taking medications for mental illness or related symptoms. It includes answers to common and less common questions about these medications as well as checklists and other tools to make tracking symptoms, activities, and side effects easy. Brief information is provided about medications known as antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety and sleep medications, stimulants, and mood stabilizers. There are tools to help keep track of the medications, by name, dose, and directions, and a glossary to help understand the many different terms.

It was originally developed, in English and French, by Drs. Murphy, Gardner, and Kutcher of Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO. In collaboration with the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre at McGill University, versions of Med Ed have been developed in Arabic and Chinese.

Med Ed is available on this website in English, French, Arabic and Simplified Chinese.

Health considerations in the Syrian refugee resettlement process in Canada

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Abstract

Canada has responded to the humanitarian emergency in Syria by committing to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by early 2016. This has been a complex undertaking which required coordination between international organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and federal government departments, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Within and across Canada, this initiative has also required the collaboration of provincial and municipal governments, non-governmental organizations and volunteers, including private sponsors, to enable planning for the transition of Syrian refugees into a new life in Canada.

In planning for the reception of Syrian refugees, government agencies did not anticipate major infectious disease threats. However, early findings from Europe and the experience of health care providers who serve other refugee populations suggested that this population may have other unmet health needs and untreated conditions, due to their experience of displacement over the past three to four years. With this in mind, a great deal of planning has been undertaken to address potential challenges to public health. Social services providers and medical interpreters have been enlisted to help Syrians access the health care system and explain their needs. Communities of practice within Canada have responded, both in providing care and in developing and updating tools and resources to support a culturally sensitive and evidence-based approach to screening and meeting the health needs of the Syrian refugees.  Read Article

Health Status of Syrian Refugees – Public Health Agency of Canada [PHAC] report, 2016

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This briefing from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) provides a short background to the  Health Status of Syrian Refugees and an overview of the measures  put in place by the PHAC to address it.

Le centre de ressources multiculturelles en santé mentale et Bell Cause pour la cause

Le Centre de ressources multiculturelles en santé mentale (CRMSM) fournit de l’information et des outils aux cliniciens en plusieurs langues, dont l’arabe, le mandarin, l’espagnol et le persan. Lors de l’administration des soins, il est important de porter attention aux différences culturelles puisque certaines attitudes concernant la santé mentale peuvent varier selon les cultures. Le soutien de Bell Cause pour la cause permet au CRMSM d’accroitre l’accessibilité à l’information sur la santé mentale en rejoignant les gens de la communauté qui sont moins à l’aise avec la langue française ou en anglaise.

Bell Cause pour la cause annonce un don pour améliorer les services du Centre de ressources multiculturelles en santé mentale


(Vidéo en anglais)

Bell Cause pour la cause annonce un don de 250 000 $ à l’Institut et hôpital neurologiques de Montréal de l’Université McGill qui servira à financer le développement de ressources en santé mentale en ligne axées sur les besoins des communautés multiculturelles.

Ce projet d’une durée de trois ans permettra d’améliorer les services du Centre de ressources multiculturelles en santé mentale (http://www.multiculturalmentalhealth.ca/fr/) en élargissant les options de langues et le contenu en arabe, en persan, en mandarin et plusieurs autres langues, et en ajoutant des ressources destinées aux adolescents, aux jeunes adultes et aux membres des familles de personnes atteintes d’une maladie mentale.

MHCC Report: Supporting the Mental Health of Refugees to Canada

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Supporting the Mental Health of Refugees to Canada outlines the MHCC’s work on immigrant and refugee mental health to date, summarizes current evidence and promising practices for refugee mental health, and advances recommendations for how the MHCC can support the arrival and integration of Syrian refugees to Canada.

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.

BOOKLET

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

English | 영어 (PDF)
Korean | 한국어 (PDF)

BROCHURE

English | 영어 (PDF)
Korean | 한국어 (PDF)