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“Shame and Aberoo: Understanding mental health stigma in the Middle Eastern community,” Refugee Mental Health Project

December 6, 2017

1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

As within any society, stigma toward mental illness exists in many Middle Eastern communities. In Middle Eastern communities, however, the concept of "aberoo" goes beyond stigma; it is a broader and more complex concept that includes the notion of self and a way of thinking that can profoundly affect one’s life. Aberoo can act as a barrier, preventing people from coming forward or accessing the mental health services they need.

The webinar will focus on how individuals from Middle Eastern and Farsi-speaking communities may deal with mental health issues and how service providers can help in de-stigmatizing.

Presenter: Poran Poregbal, MA, RSW, RCC, group therapist, Cross Cultural Clinic, Vancouver General Hospital

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About the Refugee Mental Health Project

The Refugee Mental Health Project ( is an initiative coordinated from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH, that aims to build settlement, social and health service providers' knowledge and skills regarding refugee mental health. The project also promotes inter-sector and inter-professional collaboration by developing networks and providing resources relevant to refugee mental health.