Canada is in the process of accepting a large number of refugees, in particular people from Syria. Welcoming and bringing home refugees from Syria became a piece of happy news in December 2015, when the first group of those individuals and families started to make the airport life more exciting than normal.
You could think that most settlement agencies across Canada have instructions or plans in order to settle refugees and help them to integrate into their new communities’ best they can.
However, the great question remaining is what is the plan for the provision of mental health services for this population? What is the plan for treating and providing for mental health issues that most refugees are dealing with?
Surely the research shows that refugees are the population prone to develop mental health issues due to the level of experienced pre-migration and at times post-migration challenges.
As a refugee, you arrive with the deep-down level of emotional pain and trauma because simply your life has been turned upside down. It is simply traumatic if you are forced to leave the known environment and knocking on neighbour’s doors for protection. For many people, it is challenging to ask for help and surely there are those who could require more services than others. Therefore, it is important to understand the level of trauma that refugees are carrying with the self. Treatment of trauma and emotional pain is an absolutely important part of the settlement program for refugees, however, regretfully this issue could be overlooked at easily. Treat the pain as the first step towards settlement, that is smart and helps the other steps to happen much faster.
Poran Poregbal, MA, RSW, RCC
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Articles by this writer (in English) published by Goonagoon, a Biweekly Persian Magazine
distributed across Iranian communities in British Colombia.
From most recent ones
No. 45, Vol. 2, Feb 29, 2008, Mental Health Issues (In Our Iranian Culture), Part II
No. 44, Vol. 2, Feb 15, 2008, Mental Health Issues (In Our Iranian Culture), Part I
No. 43, Vol. 2, Jan 18, 2008, Metaphors and Our Daily Lives
No. 39, Vol. 2, Nov 23, 2007, What is Persian Gang?
No. 38, Vol. 2, Nov 9, 2007, Our Older Generation
No. 37, Vol. 2, Oct 26, 2007, Iranian youth perspective
No. 35, Vol. 2, Sep 28, 2007, The Role of Education in Our Iranian life
No. 33, Vol. 2, Sep 14, 2007, Jokes and Racism
No. 32, Vol. 2, Aug 17, 2007, Recycling Business and Our Mothers
No. 31, Vol. 2, Aug 3, 2007, We Deserve Happiness, part IV
No. 30, Vol. 2, July 20, 2007, We Deserve Happiness, part III
No. 29, Vol. 2, July 6, 2007, We Deserve Happiness, part II
No. 28, vol2, June 22, 2007, We Deserve Happiness, part 1
No. 27, Vol. 2, June 2, 2007, Iranian Culture in Need of a Real “Community”, part IV
No. 26, Vol. 1, may 25, 2007, Iranian Culture in Need of a Real “Community”, part III
No. 25, Vol. 1, may 11, 2007, Iranian culture in need of a real “community”, part II
No. 24, Vol. 1, April 27, 2007, Iranian in Need of a Real “community”, part 1
No. 23, Vol. 1, April 13, 2007, Women and Immigration
Articles in Persian published by Goonagoon
No. 53, Vol. 3, Jun 6, 2008, Our style of life and Addiction, Part 2
No. 52, Vol. 2, May 23, 2008, Our style of life and Addiction, Part 1
No. 51, Vol. 2, May 9,2008, The Illness of Addiction
No. 50, Vol. 2, Apr 25, 2008, Our usual way
No. 49, Vol. 2, April 11, 2008, How a Healthy Relationship can be building? Part II
No. 48, Vol. 2, Mar 28, 2008, How a Healthy Relationship can be building? Part I
No. 42 No. 40, Vol. 2, Dec 7, 2007, How to help our youth?
No. 40, Vol. 2, Jan 4, 2008, How to Help Our Youth?, part 2
No. 39, Vol. 2, Nov 23, 2007, Meaning of anxiety or delshoreh in Our Iranian Culture