Mental Health Project

Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, OCASI’s Mental Health Project (2016-2017) was aimed at enhancing the capacity of front- line workers and immigrant and refugee serving agencies in Ontario to respond to the mental health and trauma needs of refugee clients.

OCASI’s Mental Health Promotion Guide for Agencies Serving Immigrants and Refugees in Ontario

A part of OCASI’s 2016-2017 Mental Health Project, this guide aims to improve the capacity of immigrant and refugee serving agencies to promote the mental health of newcomers in general, but particularly that of their refugee clients.

While several agencies have developed their own internal tools and policies to promote mental health while responding to related challenges among their clients, many have not. This document provides crucial guidelines for such agencies to adapt in ways that addresses their own needs, clients, and services while taking into account the resources to which they have access.

For managers and executive directors interested in learning how to apply the guidelines, please refer to the following webinar, facilitated by Across Boundaries, on Leading the Way in Mental Health Promotion for Refugees and Newcomers.

Additional Resources

If you would like to learn more about supporting clients as they navigate the healthcare system, including mental healthcare, please refer to the following webinars, facilitated by Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital and funded by IRCC: