Ensure that refugees get adequate and immediate access to mental health $ trauma services
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I lived in Kakuma Refugee Camp for 15yrs and I am very concerned:
Thousands of refugees are forced to leave their countries to escape war, imprisonment, torture, and violence. They arrive in Canada and have to pick up the pieces of their lives and start over again. They are provided with material assistance such as shelter and clothing but often lack access to mental health supports.
I strongly urge your government to work with the settlement sector to implement these recommendations.
1. Provide refugees with enhanced access to mental health assessments upon first arriving to Canada.
2. Allocate more funds towards support for mental health services for refugees.
3. Ensure shorter wait times for refugees seeking professional help for mental health support.
Access to health services is a basic human right. Everyone should have timely access to needed mental health supports.
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