Project Spotlight: Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA)

Newcomer Mental Health Matters: Bridging Gaps in Services

 

Increasing understanding of mental health needs and address gaps in mental health services among newcomer communities in Alberta

WHO

Newcomer-serving support agencies

WHAT

Objectives

  • Increase understanding of available mental health support options for newcomers
  • Assess and build capacity within support agencies to address the mental health needs of their newcomer clients
  • Improve mental health service delivery by developing and expanding a coordinated referral system

HOW

  • Design a mental health supports audit tool that will allow newcomer-serving agencies to assess their capacity to support the mental health of their clients
  • Create and deliver mental health-related training courses to build capacity within agencies
  • Develop a living tool that outlines and promotes mental health resources and referrals for coordinated service delivery, including an upgrade to the existing database hosted at 211 Alberta

WHERE

Settings

  • Online

Implementation sites

  • Alberta

WHY

  • The COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated ongoing mental health vulnerabilities in newcomer communities through significant underemployment, heavy participation in front-line work, and dense multi-generational housing
  • Support for the mental health of newcomers is impacted by gaps in capacity and service delivery among newcomer-serving agencies

Key protective factors

  • Self-esteem
  • Positive body image
  • School connectedness
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition

Key approaches

  • Service delivery coordination

 

Website

aaisa.ca

Facebook

AAISAconnection

Linkedin

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