After the Door has been Opened: Mental Health Issues Affecting Immigrants and Refugees in Canada
Report of the Canadian Task Force on Mental Health Issues Affecting Immigrants and Refugees
Multiculturalism and Citizenship Canada & Health and Welfare Canada
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Health, Social and Community Services; Access and Delivery; Immigrants; Mental health services; Refugees; Mental health policy
This report by the Canadian Task Force on Mental Health were tasked with identifying the factors that influence mental health among immigrants and refugees. Moving from one country to another is a stressful event in the lives of newcomers, but combined with the anxiety associated with migration, public attitudes, separation from family and the need to be gainfully employed and function sometimes in a language that is not their mother tongue all has an impact on immigrants and refugees mental health. Emotional factors needs to be taken into account when working with newcomers. This report lists twenty-seven recommendations which if taken seriously into account will go a long way in assisting this group of people to overcome the challenges of immigration and life in a new country.