September 19, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:00 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Supporting Refugee Mental Health – A Pan-Canadian Perspective
About the Session:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have been collaborating to advance refugee mental health supports across the country. Join IRCC, CAMH and MHCC to discuss research and promising practices in refugee mental health, investment in training programs and a national action table designed to provide evidence and build capacity to improve mental health services for refugees in Canada.
Bonita Varga is a Knowledge Broker with the Mental Health Commission of Canada who holds a B.A. and M.A. in religion and cultural studies. She leads projects related to Diversity, Equity, Recovery and Caregiving.
Branka Agic, MD, PhD, is the Manager of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is also an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Natasha Beg is Acting Assistant Director at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada within the Integration and Foreign Credentials Referral Office. She works on cross-cutting settlement and integration policy and programming issues related to newcomer women, youth, children and in the area of mental health. She holds a Masters in Social Work.
The Role of Collaborative Research and Practice in Community Development
About the Session:
This panel presentation will review the role of collaborative practice and research in community development as a component of mental health supports. This work is situated in Eskasoni, an Indigenous Mi’kmaw community in Nova Scotia. We will draw on combined service provision and research experiences from the past 7 years. The presentation explores the role of collaborative research in facilitating service restructuring; validating the approach within the community; and shaping further refinement to service delivery.
Daphne Hutt-MacLeod, MA, Director-Eskasoni Mental Health Services & Eskasoni Crisis Line & Referral Centre and Coordinator of Tui’kn Residential School Survivor Team focuses on Indigenous community-based mental health service delivery models, Aboriginal mental health, as reflected in Eskasoni’s participation in research programs, including ACCESS Open Minds national research project.
Arnold Sylliboy is Mi’kmaq from the Eskasoni First Nation, and is the Youth Team Lead for the Youth Department, and Youth Support Worker, Eskasoni Mental Health Services. He draws on his lived experience to drive service transformation, and the research projects that have revolutionized service provision in the community.
Jenny Reich, research assistant on ACCESS Open Minds national research project, Eskasoni Mental Health Services in Eskasoni. She is currently working on an MA in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University with a focus on critical health studies. She was the project manager on the Spaces & Places Eskasoni study.