New Beginnings Clinic: CAMH Services for Refugees

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital have been working together to find ways to respond to the mental health needs of Syrian newcomers during and after the current resettlement surge.

Starting in March 2016 the Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Service at CAMH will launch a refugee mental health and wellness service called the New Beginnings Clinic. 

While this service has been developed in response to the resettlement surge of Syrian people, services will not be restricted to this group but will be available to all refugees in their first two years in Toronto.

The service has two components:

  1. Case consultation - provides primary care providers with access to psychiatrists and social workers for discussion and advice on client/patient cases.
  2. Psychiatric consultation and, when appropriate, brief culturally sensitive interventions for newly arrived refugees (eg., GARs, PSRs  and refugee claimants) with psychological issues or concerns. 

Case consultation provided in component #1 may result in a recommendation for psychiatric consultation and brief culturally sensitive intervention in the CAMH service.  Please find details below on how to access either service component.

For general inquiries or for case consultation requests please contact the clinic’s information line. 

New Beginnings Clinic Info Line: 416-535-8501 ext. 31683