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Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health resources from Mental Health First Aid and ORR.

Original Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Last Updated: February 17, 2023
Estimated Read Time: 2 minutes

Supporting the mental health and well-being of survivors of torture is essential to treatment and we are pleased to be able to share with you some new resources to help you meet your client’s mental health care needs. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour long training relevant to both refugees and refugee service providers. The MHFA course can help improve mental health knowledge, skills, and confidence to help individuals with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance abuse problems. The MHFA training is primarily focused on promoting skills to assess warning signs and symptoms of clients and establishing appropriate referral systems. For more information: 

PDF icon MHFA_About-Mental-Health-First-Aid.pdf  or visit

MHFA training is also a valuable resource for learning about suicide prevention. Learn more about how the course addresses this pressing concern. 

PDF icon MHFA-About_Suicide.pdf

NCB discussed this topic as well as part of our Measured Impact Webinar series (MIW) in an installment on Case Management and the Suicidal Client. Other webinars from this series are archived on

For additional resources specifically focused on supporting refugee mental health and wellness, review the RES Mental Health and Wellness Brochure. 

PDF iconRES_Mental Health and Wellness brochure_2017.pdf

Provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), it includes descriptions and website links to the many organizations that are working on these issues.  

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