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July 2017

Supporting Refugee Mental Health

Jul 20
Supporting Refugee Mental Health

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHC) found that immigrants generally arrive with better mental health than the Canadian-born population, a phenomenon referred to as the “healthy immigrant effect.”
Refugees and migrants escaping war-torn countries are greatly afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or other mood disorders. Both refugees and immigrants face language and access barriers to mental health services. Failure to receive early treatment leads to more expensive emergency department visits and/or hospital admissions. Additionally, the quality of life greatly deteriorates the longer individuals don’t receive...