The Government of Canada funds Kids Help Phone to provide mental health services to young Afghans and Ukrainians.

TORONTO, June 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Recognizing the enormous challenges faced by people fleeing conflict, the Government of Canada is committed to improving access to essential mental health services for vulnerable newcomers. Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has been providing free, confidential mental health resources to young people across Canada 24/7.

Today, on World Refugee Day, the Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an agreement with Kids Help Phone to provide counseling services to young Afghans and Ukrainians in Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian and Russian. These new services respond to the urgent needs of young people fleeing conflict by Afghanistan And in Ukraine. Minister visits Kids Help Phone office Torontowhere he saw firsthand how funding provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is being used to expand telephone counseling services for Afghan and Ukrainian youth.

This funding is part of a larger $2 million deal that will see Kids Help Phone gradually expand its professional phone advisory service to 100 languages ​​by 2025 with the help of translators, with Arabic and Chinese translation added in 2019.

Culturally appropriate and youth-friendly mental health telephone counseling is just one of the support measures for Afghan and Ukrainian families arriving in Canada.

IRCC funds more than 500 service providers across Canada to provide resettlement services to permanent residents, including resettled refugees and Ukrainians arriving in Canada on a Canadian entry permit.Ukraine. Many of these providers offer direct support to young people. This support includes, among others:

  • assistance during and after school;
  • recreational activities;
  • leadership and mentoring programs;
  • assistance in professional development and preparation for employment.

IRCC continues to work closely with provinces, territories and service providers across the country to welcome vulnerable newcomers and help them adjust to life in Canada.

Photos from today’s event can be found on Dropbox.

Quotes

“Canada has a long history of hospitality and support for the world’s most vulnerable people. To help newcomers adjust to life in Canada, we must ensure that they have access to the resources they need to cope with past trauma and rebuild their lives. Creating this safe, accessible and culturally acceptable space for vulnerable youth is of particular importance, and this funding will help ensure that those fleeing conflict, including Afghans and Ukrainians, receive the support they need to fully open up. their potential in Canada. »
– The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has provided a safe space for young people struggling with mental health issues or addictions in Canada. The funding announced today will allow the organization to continue this tradition and provide young newcomers with access to mental health support that is culturally appropriate and responsive to the trauma in their own lives. many difficulties. »
— The Honorable Caroline Bennett, Secretary of State for Mental Health and Addictions and Assistant Secretary of Health.

“Making online mental health support more accessible to all young people across Canada by offering multiple languages ​​is an important step in ensuring equal access for the most vulnerable. We are grateful for IRCC’s support and vision to expand Kids Help Phone’s language offerings to meet critical needs and add more languages ​​in the coming months. »
— Katherine Hay, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone

Quick Facts

  • Kids Help Phone has been providing health services to young people in Canada since 1989.
  • IRCC will provide a total of $1,966,143 between 2022 and 2025 as part of a settlement program to help Kids Help Phone expand its services by adding more languages.
  • Ukrainians arriving in Canada as temporary residents in accordance with the Permit to enter Canada in emergency situations.Ukraine have access to resettlement services usually reserved for permanent residents.
  • The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan citizens as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now hosted over 16,000 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.

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For more information: Media-only contacts: Aidan Strickland, Spokesperson, Minister’s Office, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, [email protected]; Media Relations, Communications Division, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-952-1650, [email protected]

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