Mental Health of Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) Launch of Community-Based Research Initiative

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Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre (AAMCHC) in collaboration with Dr Carles Muntaner, Psychiatry and Addiction Nursing Research Chair at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, is initiating a new research initiative focused on exploring mental health issues for Government Assisted Refugees (GARs).  They have received a one year $10,000 grant from the Community Research Capacity Enhancement Program of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to launch this initiative and to conduct preliminary exploratory research.

In line with Access Alliance’s commitment to community-based participatory research principles, they will be recruiting GARs themselves to sit on our advisory committee and work as research collaborators in this project; appropriate research training will be provided through the in-house Peer Research Training program at Access Alliance.

For further information or to get involved please contact Yogendra Shakya, AAMCHC’s Research and Evaluation Coordinator at (416)324-0917 ext 286 or yshakya@accessalliace.ca or visit their website.