The Collaborative for South Asian Mental Health

In early 2015, a group of Toronto based researchers came together to develop a research strategy that promotes better mental health for South Asian communities.

The Collaborative will engage in research that:

  • Improves mental health outcomes
  • Enhances program planning, access and quality of care
  • Tackles stigma and discrimination within and between communities

We will work with community-based grassroots organizations to develop evidence based guidelines for best practice that are both culturally safe and informed through a lens of social determinants of health. The Collaborative will advocate for policy changes that bridges the gap between existing service provision and client needs. This will include i) prevention and early intervention, ii) assessment and treatment outcomes, and iii) active participation and inclusion in society. The Collaborative will work to raise the voices of marginalized groups within South Asian communities including people identifying as newcomers, LGTBQ, women and seniors.


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