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The Mental Health and Well-being of Immigrants in Toronto: A Report to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
O'Campo P
2012.3.
Centre for Research on Inner City Health
This report is a summary of survey data about immigrants and mental health in Toronto. The survey of 2,408 Toronto residents was conducted by the Centre for Research on Inner City Health between March 2009 and June 2011. For this report, we compared results for recent immigrants (not born in Canada and had lived here for 10 years or less), non-recent immigrants (have resided in Canada more than ten years) and Canadian-born participants. Main messages: Immigrants and Canadian-born participants experienced about the same levels of anxiety and depression symptoms. Almost every participant, immigrant and non-immigrant alike, had consulted with a family doctor at least once in the past year. Despite similar levels of depression symptoms and similar use of primary care, immigrants were less likely to receive treatment for their depression, compared to Canadian-born participants. Immigrants were less likely to have consulted with a psychiatrist or a psychologist, and significantly less likely to have taken prescription medications for mental health problems, compared to their Canadian-born counterparts. Compared to Canadian-born participants: Immigrants were significantly less likely to abuse or depend on drugs or alcohol, or to smoke cigarettes; Immigrants were significantly less likely to have experienced emotional and/or physical abuse; Immigrants were equally likely to have been the subject of racism or discrimination.
wellbeing; well being;
  • Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH)
  • Health Inequity
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Neighbourhoods, Place, and Health
  • Primary Care
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Health
 MentalHealthWellbeingofImmigrantsinToronto-CRICH-FINAL.pdf Report (254.14KB)
2012-08-03 12:42:41

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