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Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health: Backgrounder

April 30, 2003

This backgrounder on immigrant & refugee mental healtwas created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

As a national initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Citizens for Mental Health was a 22 month project funded through Health Canada as part of the Sectoral Involvement in Departmental Policy Development (SIDPD), Voluntary Sector Initiative. The purpose of the project was to strengthen the capacity of voluntary sector stakeholders for meaningful participation in national level policy initiatives by engaging them in the process of developing a national mental health policy framework. Although the project officially wrapped up in Spring of 2004, we hope that the momentum and energy it helped to generate will spur on further voluntary sector action related to federal level mental health policy initiatives.

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