Global Mental Health

The driving philosophy of global mental health is based on equity, with a focus on justice,  fairness, cultural humility and awareness of structural factors that affect health in society.

OUR PROJECTS

1. Mental health screening approaches for refugees and asylum seekers: Implications for resettlement and primary care

Description: Refugees and asylum seekers experience disproportionate rates of common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Providing early care for treatable and common mental health conditions can help refugees integrate into society. 

  • Protocol 1.1: Mental health screening approaches for refugees and asylum seekers: A protocol for a scoping review
    • The objective of this scoping review is to map and characterize mental health screening approaches for refugees and asylum seekers. This review aims to inform country-level resettlement policies and practices regarding identification of mental health conditions and linkage to care
    • Read our scoping review protocol here. Published online 03 March, 2021
    • Contact: Olivia Magwood omagwood@bruyere.org 
  • Protocol 1.2: Diagnostic test accuracy of screening tools for post-traumatic stress disorder among refugees and asylum seekers: A protocol for a systematic review of diagnostic test accuracy studies

2. Mobile technology assisted interventions targeting mental health among pregnant and post-partum women: A protocol for an equity focused systematic review. 

Description: Pregnant women undergo major physiological and psychological imbalances during pregnancy that increases their likelihood of developing common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The aim of this systematic review is to synthesize and appraise available evidence on the effectiveness and health equity impact of mobile technology-assisted mental health interventions on the severity of common mental health disorder symptoms, psychological wellbeing and distress, occurrence of common mental health disorders, and utilization of mental health care among pregnant women.

Protocol 2.1: Read our systematic review protocol here. Published online 23 December, 2020.

Contact: Ammar Saad ammar.saad@uottawa.ca