This project has hosted webinars since 2012 to promote learning, information sharing and to stimulate conversation on topics that we hope are relevant to your practice. Many of the archived webinars are part of the former project, the Refugee Mental Health Project. Since September 2017, webinars have encompassed the expanded scope of newly-arrived immigrants and/or refugees.
Our webinars are one-hour sessions that include a 30-minute presentation by professionals in the settlement, social or health services sectors followed by a 30-minute question and answer session where we encourage you to ask questions, pose scenarios and to generally discuss your practice with these experts in the field.
Mental health of immigrants and the utilization of mental health services: the Canadian evidence
With Dr. Haozhen Zhang
Monday, June 19 (1:30 -2:30 EST)
This webinar is based on a research study that links mental health data and immigration administrative records across provinces and immigration admission categories to shed light on several key questions:
- Firstly, it explores the differences in mental health status between Canadian-born individuals and immigrants by admission category and the world source region.
- Secondly, it examines whether immigrants' mental health status improves as they spend more time in Canada.
- Thirdly, it investigates whether immigrants are less likely to access mental health services as compared to their Canadian-born counterparts.
The study contributes to a better comprehension of the mental health dynamics of immigrants in Canada and provides valuable insights for informed policy-making and improved support for immigrants.
Dr. Haozhen Zhang is currently a senior advisor at Policy Research division of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC). He has dedicated his work to examining socio-economic, health, and mental health outcomes among immigrant populations over the last decade. Prior to joining IRCC, he conducted policy research at Health Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, and Alberta Finance and Treasury Board. Furthermore, Dr. Zhang has been teaching economics on a part-time basis at both Carleton University and the University of Alberta for more than 10 years.
Note that webinar recordings contain the presentation of the topic only; the question and answer session is not recorded.
- Specific populations and issues
These webinars highlight strategies for supporting particular immigrant and refugee groups, or highlight specific issues in supporting immigrant and refugee mental health.
- Support and treatment considerations
These webinars will focus on specific considerations for providing effective treatment to recent immigrants and refugees.
- Successful or promising practices
These webinars outline innovative and unique approaches/programs for supporting the mental health of newly-arrived immigrants and refugees.