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Refugee 613's Digital Messaging Summit - session recordings

Summary:

In January 2021, Refugee 613 hosted the Digital Messaging Summit to share practical strategies and advice about managing digital messaging services by and for immigrants and refugees and build a network of people working in this area.

The Summit heard from experts in:

  • digital community design and engagement
  • community management, guidelines and protocols
  • fighting misinformation and disinformation online
  • impact measurement, and more

You can watch recordings of their presentations below at this link:

The Workplace and Suicide Prevention

The workplace is a major part of the lives of most Canadians. Many of us spend upwards of 60% of our waking hours at work (Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, 2016). Therefore, when a colleague dies by suicide the emotional and financial costs are enormous not only to family members, but to co-workers and the organization itself. Workplaces need to have measures in place to inform and educate about suicide. It is an issue that cannot be ignored.

Free mental health services are available

We provide free individual counselling and support as well as workshops at Skills for Change, Wellness and Support program. Individual counselling sessions are provided over the phone, and workshops are facilitated online. If you are interested and you are a permanent resident or a convention refugee, please email us at: nkhazraei@skillsforchange.org

If you are interested and you hold citizenship or other status, please email us at: mentalhealth@skillsforchange.org

ICES Report on COVID-19 in Immigrants and Refugees in Toronto

The ICES recently published a report on the impact of COVID-19 in Immigrants, Refugees and Other Recent OHIP Registrants in Toronto, data as of November 1, 2020 and trends over time as of November 7, 2020, fully titled "Key findings from ICES Report on COVID-19 in Immigrants, Refugees and Other Recent OHIP Registrants (Guttmann A,
Gandhi S, Wanigaratne S, Lu H, Ferreira-Legere LE. Toronto, ON: ICES; 2020.)".

Some key findings are:

Health & Safety Awareness Presentation

WSPS' Health & Safety Awareness Presentation (HSAP) gives students, new immigrants and other vulnerable workers the crucial information they need to ensure their health and safety on the job. Free of charge, these sessions can be presented to classrooms of any size – including general assemblies – and are delivered by trained WSPS volunteers.

HSAP can be delivered in English or French. For all other language inquiries, please contact hsapregistrations@wsps.ca.

International review: Strategies to support ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity for seniors

Growing ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity among older population groups is an experience shared by countries of immigration like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the United States (U.S.). These international jurisdictions have introduced a range of national-level or provincial/state-level strategies to address the evolving needs of diverse older populations in their health and social care systems; ranging from the provision of linguistically appropriate resources to enhancing cultural competency of the health and social care workforce.