HEALTH AND WELL-BEING SERVICES
Because of the upheaval that comes with moving to and settling in a new country, newcomers bring challenges that make them vulnerable to high stress, isolation, role shifts, and financial difficulties that can result in marital strife and high rates of parent-child conflict. Newcomers sometimes bring with them trauma related to war, conflict and deprivation which often results in symptoms of PTSD, Depression or Anxiety, limiting their abilities to successfully integrate. Difficulties of acculturation and expectations for themselves and their families back home also result symptoms of depression and anxiety. EMCN provides Health and Well-being services with a unique, holistic and community oriented approach.
WHAT WE OFFER
Newcomers benefit from:
- Counselling in a setting that is welcoming, safe, comfortable and confidential
- No limitation on the number of sessions provided
- Options for children, youth, couples or individuals and family therapy
- Highly trained staff who consider cultural perspectives, immigration processes, and gender expectations
- Tools to build resilience, reduce social isolation and successfully bridge two cultures
- Stress or anger management techniques
- Interpretation and transportation to make counselling sessions easier
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK
To overcome barriers to accessing services, we offer counseling services in our different office locations (North, West and South), and in schools and in homes (when feasible). We recognize that building resilience and the ability to overcome trauma and loss includes more than just traditional therapy. Our Well-being Services are embedded in the larger agency; therapists connect newcomers to social workers and other services to enhance their resilience and ability to function in their new environment. There is no fee for these services and they are always confidential.
WHO CAN ACCESS THESE SERVICES?
Immigrant Albertan newcomers are eligible to access health and well-being services if they meet the following criteria:
- Permanent Residents of Canada
- Refugees under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act who have been given convention refugee status (and have been issued a ‘Notice of Decision’)
- Canadian citizens, or
- Refugee claimants
WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
Health and Well-being Services are offered at the following locations:
- EMCN Northeast - 11713 – 82 Street NW - 780 424 7709
- EMCN West End Community Connections - 10030 – 167 Street NW - 780 489 7004
- Welcome Centre for Immigrants - Suite 200, Tower II, Millbourne Mall, 7609 38 Ave Millwoods Road NW - 780 462 6924