This resource is the third in a series of online guides for promoting positive mental health across the lifespan. This resource provides health and social service providers (“practitioners”) with current evidence-based approaches in the application of mental health promotion concepts and principles for refugees. This resource includes:
• background on how Canada’s foreign-born population is defined
• a theoretical context for mental health promotion, including definitions and underlying concepts, with a focus on promoting resilience
• 13 best practice guidelines for mental health promotion initiatives for refugees
• examples of mental health programs that illustrate the guidelines listed in this resource and therefore incorporate good practice
• examples of outcome and process indicators for measuring program success
• a worksheet that can be used by practitioners to plan and implement mental health promotion initiatives, a sample worksheet showing how it has been used in a mental health promotion initiative, a list of services and web resources, and a glossary of words commonly used in mental health promotion
• references used to develop these guidelines.