Categories: Mental Health

Impact of Social Isolation on Refugee Children and Youth

Long-term lockdown and social isolation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are unprecedented experiences. To date, not enough studies have been conducted to fully understand the impact of this social isolation on refugee youth, and to be able to create a model for resilience. Over the past few years, the research team of Access Alliance has been working on the impact of family loss and separation on refugee youth.

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Impact of Family Loss and Separations on Refugee Youth

This study examines how experiences of loss, disappearance or protracted separation of one or more family members due to war, conflict, and forced migration affect refugee children/youth and their families in terms of post-migration settlement and wellbeing. The project also seeks to build evidence on what kinds of services and supports can promote the wellbeing of these refugee children/youth and their families.

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Innovative E-Solutions for Promoting Collaborative Mental Healthcare

In collaboration with Dr. Farah Ahmad and other CHCs, we are developing and pilot testing innovative e-health based solutions to improve mental health assessment and care for vulnerable client groups. The Interactive Computer-Assisted Client Assessment Survey (iCCAS) is a multi-language, user-friendly, touch-screen-based tool completed by patients while waiting to see a clinician.

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Mental Health Determinants for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

We have produced rich evidence on social determinants of mental health and wellbeing for immigrant and refugee youth through two key community-based research projects.
Our Research Goals and Methods
On average 35,000 to 40,000 immigrant and refugee youth between the ages of 15 to 24 settle in Canada every year;

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