Lost in Translation: Mental Health of Newcomers

Lost in Translation: Mental Health of Newcomers – New Canadian Media

An interview with Dr. Jaswant Guzder on issues of access to mental health care for immigrants and refugees and the importance of interpreters. Includes discussion of suicide, psychosis, depression, and cultural consultation.

Immigrant students pick up our bad habits: report


A report released Tuesday by the Institut de la Statistique du Québec revealed that students born outside of Canada or to parents born abroad were less likely to smoke, drink and have sex. But the longer they lived in Quebec, the more likely they were to adopt these typically Canadian behaviours.

Immigrant students pick up our bad habits: report.

The full report is available here.

Working with Vietnamese Americans: Clinical Manual

Working with Vietnamese Americans: A Clinical Training Manual for Mental Health Professionals
Thomas T. Nguyen
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Vietnamese Americans are among the most recent immigrants to the United States (Min, 2006). There is a higher need of mental health services for those who have witnessed traumatic events (i.e., war trauma and forced migration) and those struggling with acculturative stress. Unfortunately, there is a significant deficit of culturally appropriate mental health service providers in working with this specific population (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010). Despite efforts within the field in recent years to identify barriers to mental health services among Vietnamese Americans, mental health service utilization remains low and rates of early termination remains high. For many Vietnamese, low services utilization does not equate to a lesser need, but it reveals the many barriers (e.g., misunderstanding the Western concept of mental health, language communication, and cultural beliefs and practices) that prevent them from seeking mental health services. Further, a higher early termination rate is likely the result of the clinicians’ lack of cultural awareness and training. Thus, there is a need for a clinical training curriculum for mental health professionals working with this target group. The curriculum will address culturally appropriate interventions (i.e., multicultural awareness, understanding the Vietnamese cultural perception of mental illness, working with language interpreters, and intervention skills) to ensure that clinicians are better equipped with the knowledge and the skills to assist Vietnamese Americans, and also the ever-increasing diverse community.


Meet the Somalis | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

Meet the Somalis | Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Meet the Somalis” is a collection of 14 illustrated stories depicting the real life experiences of Somalis in seven cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Leicester, London, Malmo, and Oslo. The stories allow readers a unique insight into what everyday life is like as a Somali in Europe. Meet the Somalis is based on the firsthand testimonies of Somalis in Europe interviewed during six months in 2013 and was produced by te Open Soceity Initiative for Europe.

Dr. Cécile Rousseau on how identity affects mental health

The CBC speaks with Dr. Cécile Rousseau about psychiatry’s move toward integrating culture in training and psychiatric practices. Listen here for a fascinating dialogue about how this important aspect of identity is impacting the Canadian mental health context.  Dr. Rousseau is a professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal where she directs the Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic. She is also a member of the MMHRC steering committee.