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Seeds Of Change – Mental Health and Substance use Training Materials For Professionals

The Seeds of Change project focuses on improving mental health and substance use informal and formal supports for refugees and immigrants. Resources and trainings have been developed with much input by refugees and immigrants, settlement workers, teachers, faith leaders, mental health and addiction service providers and based upon research, and can be accessed below. Resources for refugees and immigrants can be accessed in 4 languages and are found here Resources Immigrants

Resources include handouts for refugees and immigrants, the “How Can You Help?” Toolkit: for teachers, faith leaders and settlement workers helping immigrants and refugees who may be dealing with mental health or substance use issues. The toolkit contains 5 modules on cultural competency related to mental health and substance use, including what to look for, what to say and where to refer in the London, Middlesex Region and speaking notes to support the power point. The modules are to be used to train your colleagues and volunteers about cultural competency specific to mental health and addictions. The length of the training can be adapted according to your needs. If you are interested in a train the trainer session, please contact: Janet at

This project was started by NIC, London Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership and the London Middlesex War Trauma group in response to concerns about the lack of understanding and appropriate supports for refugees and immigrants experiencing mental health, mental illness and/or addiction issues.


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