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Physical and mental health of Yazidi refugees and implications for practice

Physical and mental health of Yazidi refugees and implications for practice

Date(s) - 11/23/2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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by Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project

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In 2016, the Government of Canada resettled more than 1,000 Yazidi refugees in various cities across Canada. The resettlement was in response to the 2014 massacre carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as Daesh, to systematically eradicate the Yazidi population in Northern Iraq. The experience of persecution and genocide has left many Yazidis with mental and physical trauma. It is important that service providers working with this population understand the culture and traditions of Yazidis in order to manage their mental health challenges and improve settlement conditions.

The Refugee Health YYC Research Program (RHYYC) at the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health is affiliated with the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic in Calgary and conducts research on health care issues of refugee patients, including Yazidis. The goal is to improve health outcomes for refugees in Calgary and in Canada. This webinar will present findings from RHYYC on the physical and mental health needs of Yazidis resettled to Calgary following the 2014 genocide. It will highlight implications for best practices when caring for this population and considerations for other highly vulnerable and acutely traumatized refugees such as the newly arriving refugees from Afghanistan.

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