Currently, in partnership with WCCYC and WeSupport, Centre for New Immigrant Well-Being (CNIW) is launching the COVID-19 Emergency Support for Chinese Canadian Community Project to provide mental health support to Mandarin-speaking Chinese Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who are vulnerable to racism and xenophobia experience as a result of the pandemic. The fund will support a series of mental health promotion workshops, a mental health tele-support hotline, and free psychotherapy sessions. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada, the Canadian Red Cross Society to support individuals who are most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19:

1) Mandarin mental health hotline: Hotline number: (289) 800-8818. Mental Health Specialists will provide free hotline tele-support, such as active listening and supportive psychological counseling services. The Mandarin hotline will be officially launched on August 30. The operation hours: 9:00 to 21:00 daily for a period of 12 weeks.

2) Free one-on-one psychotherapy treatment sessions provided by Professional psychotherapists or psychologists.

3) A series of mental health virtual seminars and workshops for the Mandarin-speaking Chinese community to cope with the psychological reactions, such as worries and anxiety related to racial discrimination and pandemic. The first panel seminar will be held on August 29. This seminar will provide psychological support and countermeasures for Chinese parents and educators to support kids to deal with potential discrimination and violence against Chinese population while returning to school.

Centre for New Immigrant Well-Being (CNIW) is a non-profit organization registered in Ontario. It was established in 2019 with the mandate of promoting immigrants’ well-being through research, knowledge dissemination, community service, and mentor-ship, particularly for immigrants from China and other Asian countries.

Wellness Counselling Centre for Youth Canada (WCCYC) is a leading Toronto- based provider of culturally sensitive mental health services to children, youth, and their families. To break down the barriers for youth and their families to access supports and treatment, WCCYC is strongly committed to promoting mental health and wellness through community and public education.

The Canadian Chinese Mental Health Mutual Support Group (WeSupport) is a non-profit volunteer-based organization co-founded by Chinese scholars, Chinese communities, and Chinese mental health workers. It is an extension of a federal-funded scientific research project. The group initiated a WeChat group to provide preventative psychological support and practical information support to promote mental health in Chinese communities.

If you have any questions, please contact us at hotline.cniw@gmail.com

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