In Canada, one in every three people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime. In conjunction, newcomers such as refugees may have been subject to excessive violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, family separation, torture, and the deaths of loved ones. All of these experiences impact mental health and how a person seeks professional help.
AAISA is therefore proud to undertake a new study on newcomer access to mental health services in Alberta.
The aim of this research is to advance our understanding of the diversity of mental health services available to newcomers and offer a breakdown of accessibility.
Since newcomers often face the added pressure of culture shock, lost identity and language and cultural barriers after they arrive in Canada, the focus of this study will be on social and cultural themes including language, cultural relevancy and ethno-cultural identity and expectations.
Learn more about the project here.