Mental Health and Immigration Status

Let's Talk Mental Health 

Kunal Mishra, Tyler Dzingala, Yvonne Ruan and Paria Asadbikli examine the effects of mental health for precarious status migrants.  As they note in their podcast, mental health resources and treatment is increasingly difficult to access in Toronto regardless of immigration status.  However, for precarious status migrants, who often live in high stress situatins given their potential deportability, the barriers come from a limited resources, a difficulty in accessing referrals, and the stigma associated with mental illness.  



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