Refugee Mental Health CoP - January, 2016
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Resources for providers supporting Syrian refugees 

This month, Canada welcomed its 10,000th Syrian refugee since the federal government's November 2015 announcement. We have compiled a list of resources for service providers working with Syrian refugees. Keep reading below, or see the Refugee Mental Health Project`s online toolkit.

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Syrian refugees and primary care

A message from the Crossroads Clinic

As the Syrian refugees arrive in Toronto, we wanted to remind you of the importance of addressing health issues early in the migration process.  We realize that many Syrians have not had access to primary care for a few years and the earlier that they see a clinician, the easier it is to address any neglected health issues.  We encourage all refugees to connect with a physician or nurse practitioner as soon as they can, even if there are no medical complaints.

To facilitate such a connection, the Crossroads Clinic at Women's College Hospital has partnered with a number of primary care organizations to serve Syrian refugees as soon as possible after arrival in Toronto. Our group includes 29 different health centres that are either affiliated with the University of Toronto or are Community Health Centres. Most have multi-disciplinary staffing and experience working with refugee populations. Clinics provide comprehensive primary care including free vaccinations, prenatal care, chronic disease management, screening for infectious disease, child health, mental health and more.

We encourage sponsoring groups and settlement workers to book an appointment as soon as they know that families are arriving. Call 416-323-6400 ext 5905 to arrange an appointment. A representative from WCH will help to schedule appointments at one of the network's 29 sites.


Refugee Mental Health Events

Workshops by the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT):
  • "Torture & second language acquisition", Jan. 21/16; Toronto. Register here.
  • "Supporting women survivors of torture, war, genocide and crimes against humanity", Jan. 22/16 (1-3pm); Toronto. To register please call Selamawit or Mildred at 416 363-1066.
  • "Working with youth survivors of torture", Feb. 5/16; Toronto. Register here.
  • "Understanding trauma and the role of community in the rehabilitation process of survivors of war and torture", Feb. 9/16; Toronto. More information here.
Webinar series on refugee mental health presented by CMHA Ontario:
  • "Supporting adult refugee mental health", Feb. 11/16, with Dr. Branka Agic of the CAMH RMH Project. Register here.
  • "Supporting child refugee mental health", Feb. 25/16, Dr. with Priya Raju and Dr. Debra Stein, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Register here.
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Refugee mental health events :
  • Waterloo: The Region of Waterloo presents a series of Syrian refugee-related activities for the public such as information sessions about supporting refugees, fundraising events and conversational Arabic.
  • Ottawa: "Culturally Responsive Mental Health Care for Refugees. Spiritual and Cultural Care Conference", Apr. 29/16; presented by The Royal Ottawa Hospital.
  • Toronto: "Wisdom2Action: Best practices to support young refugees", Mar. 2/16, organized by Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC).
  • Toronto: "Refugee mental health symposium: responding to current needs through strengthened collaboration", Feb. 10/16, organized by the RMH Project. Registrations and waitlists for this event are full. The event will be video-recorded and all presentations will be posted on the Refugee Mental Health Project's website here after the event.
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