15/06/2010 7:31 AM
Dear Friends and Colleagues
We are conducting a project on multicultural mental health care in Canada. This project is led by Dr. Laurence Kirmayer (James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University) and includes collaborators representing the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, as well as patient advocacy groups and government agencies. For additional information about the project, please visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/mmhrc/.
One of the aims of this project is to create a website that lists and describes resources for multicultural mental health care in Canada. We hope that this website will become a one-stop resource for health care professionals, consumers, policy makers and community organizations involved in multicultural mental health in Canada. One section of this website is devoted to providing appropriate multicultural resources for consumers and family members. This section (still under construction) can be viewed at http://www.mmhrc.ca/content/information-consumers. We need your help to ensure this section of our website is comprehensive and accurate. Specifically, we need information on:
- Consumer organizations in Canada, especially those that have specific services or activities for ethno-cultural minorities. If you are involved in a consumer organization active in Canada, or have knowledge of one, please send us as much detail as possible so we can add this to our website. These organizations need not be national, they could be local and informal. We welcome any material you think may be relevant.
- Material about cultural aspects of mental illness, especially how it relates to recovery. Ideally, this material would be in lay language and easily digestible for consumers or family members. The material should be helpful for consumers and family in terms of psycho-education and self-management of psychiatric illness. This material can be general or specific. Specifically, it could relate to any type of mental illness (e.g. severe mental illness, affective disorders, personality disorders), a sub-population (e.g. child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, women’s health) or to a specific ethno-cultural group (e.g. Indo-Canadians, Afro-Canadians) Please send such material to us.
- Self-help resources: we are interested in listing self-help resources on our website, especially those which are sensitive and attentive to Canada’s diverse population. This may include helpful books, magazines, websites, leaflets, etc. Those with a cultural and/ or Canadian focus are especially welcome.
Please email all material to email@example.com. We look forward to your contribution to this important endeavour. All contributions will be suitably acknowledged. Should you have any further questions, please feel contact the research team through any of the methods described below.
Rob Whitley PhD
Culture and Mental Health Research Unit
Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry
Sir Mortimer B. Davis -Jewish General Hospital
4333 Cote-Ste-Catherine Rd.
(514) 340-8222 Ext. 6828