New immigrants and refugees to Canada face issues as newcomers who come from another culture, who may have fled war or persecution, and who may not speak English or French.
Navigating mental health services
Navigating the mental health system can be challenging for anyone. Newcomers face added challenges of language and cultural differences, perhaps trauma experienced in their former countries, as well as varying belief systems about mental health and mental health problems.
Information for single people
Settling in, finding supports, and learning to navigate the health, education and social systems, as well as finding appropriate employment, are challenges facing newcomers. These tasks can be especially challenging for newcomers without partners or extended family to help them.
- Alone in Canada: 21 Ways to Make It Better – A Self-Help Guide for Single Newcomers
This guide helps single new immigrants and refugees adjust to living in a new society as quickly and easily as possible. It provides suggestions on how to deal with 21 of the most common issues encountered by newcomers, including how to overcome culture shock and isolation, cope with stress and discrimination, learn English, establish and manage new relationships and enjoy new experiences. The guide is available in 21 languages.
Posttraumatic stress disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to traumatic experiences that involve actual or threatened serious harm to oneself or others.