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Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Refugees

New! Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Refugees

Canada’s foreign-born population is unique and varied, with cultural groups represented from all over the world. For the majority, Canada is their choice of country for reasons that include seeking opportunities to improve the future of their families, to join friends or family living in Canada, and/or fleeing their country of origin and seeking asylum in Canada.   As many health promotion initiatives do not reach this population, Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Refugeesoffers an opportunity to review current health promotion programs to improve their effectiveness in addressing the mental health and well-being of refugees.  

As the third in a series of online guides for promoting positive mental health, this resource has been developed to support health and social service providers in incorporating best practice approaches to mental health promotion interventions focusing on refugees.

The resource includes:

  • Guidelines:13 best practice guidelines for mental health promotion for the refugee population.
  • Background: Describes how refugees, as a heterogeneous population, are defined in this resource.
  • Exemplary programs: Describes several programs that incorporate good practice and exemplify the guidelines.
  • Outcome and process indicators: Provides examples of indicators for measuring program success.
  • Theory: Provides definitions and underlying concepts, with a focus on promoting resilience.
  • Resources: Provides a worksheet and sample to help plan and implement mental health promotion initiatives, plus a list of resources, and glossary.
  • References and Acknowledgements

The resource is available for download in PDF at:

The Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programsis a joint project between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; and Toronto Public Health.

For further information, please contact:

Marianne Kobus-Matthews
Senior Health Promotion Consultant
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health