This is a three year project to promote the mental health of immigrant communities in Nova Scotia – funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health.
This project aims to create opportunities for knowledge exchange and discussion among immigrant communities and service provider organizations about alternative approaches to mental illness, wellness and addiction. There are two goals:
- facilitate the development of a model for the provision of more culturally competent and appropriate support services for newcomer communities
- increase the communities’ capacity to respond to issues of mental health, wellness and addiction
Statement of Need
Despite efforts within the settlement and mental health care system, immigrant communities continue facing a variety of barriers that affect their wellness and mental health. Pre-settlement conditions, such as war and displacement, as well as post-settlement determinants of health, such as poverty, racism, isolation, and lack of adequate housing are very present in the life of immigrant communities. There are still cultural competency gaps in the design and provision of mental health care that add additional stress to the immigrant settlement process and contribute to the under-utilization of services by newcomers.
Goal 1: Strengthen the capacity of diverse immigrant communities to understand issues of mental health, mental illness, and addictions; and provide support to their members around these issues.
Goal 2: Build positive relationships with immigrant communities, health care providers and key community partners.
Goal 3: Address the stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, mental health and addictions problems in culturally specific ways, so that everyone, immigrant clients and health care staff professionals alike, can better understand and address these problems.
Goal 4: Provide a model of change for all areas of mental health services for how to meet the needs of diverse immigrant communities.
For additional information or to know how to get involved with this project please contact:
Carmen Celina Moncayo
Community Wellness Project Coordinator