Introduction

Taking action on health equity and diversity: Responding to the mental health needs of children, youth and families new to Canada

Author: Stol, J., Khanlou, N., Nguyen, H., … (2015)

Taking action on health equity and diversity: Responding to the mental health needs of children, youth and families new to Canada

Stol, J., Khanlou, N., Nguyen, H., Tran, V., Omer, S., Yip, A., & Carter, C. (2015). Taking action on health equity and diversity: Responding to the mental health needs of children, youth and families new to Canada. Ottawa, ON, Canada: Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

Description

A policy paper intended to help decision-makers understand mental health needs of newcomer children, youth and families. It provides an overview of the literature and places mental health needs of newcomer children and their families in the context of relevant social determinants of health. Five actionable recommendations identify how these needs might best be supported by policy.

Potential use

Although written with policy leaders in mind, this resource offers great background, definitions and guidance for practitioners working with immigrant populations. It is written for the service context, and includes principles that resonate well with mental health promotion (e.g., strengths-based approaches, emphasis on social determinants of health, person-centred approaches, and whole community approaches). Statistics are specific to the Ontario context.

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