“Finding a Space for Me Outside the Stereotypes”: Community Engagement in Policy and Research to Foster Canadian Racialised Immigrant Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being
Racialised immigrant women face many challenges with resettlement with potential impacts on their mental health and well-being. Recent community-based research (CBR) and associated knowledge translation/exchange (KTE) activities with racialised immigrant women in Toronto, Canada, suggest that activism can promote their mental health and well-being. In this paper, the researchers describe community engagement processes in the CBR that included a stakeholder Think Tank with communities, researchers and service providers in settlement and mental health sectors to create an action plan based on the research. Using a feminist post-colonial lens to analyse the Think Tank data yielded research, policy and program strategies aligned with principles such as building on individuals’ and communities’ strengths and foregrounding gender and racialisation in strategies that can enhance racialised immigrant women’s capacities to take action and overcome barriers. Research, policy and program implications for comprehensive strategies that support health equity, thereby promoting their mental health and well-being, are considered.
|Keywords||Activism, Community-based research, Gender, Immigrant women, Mental health promotion, Policy, Program, Racialisation|
|Journal||International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction|
MacDonnell, J.A. (Judith A.), Dastjerdi, M. (Mahdieh), Bokore, N, Tharao, W. (Wangari), Khanlou, N. (Nazilla), & Njoroge, W. (Wairimu). (2017). “Finding a Space for Me Outside the Stereotypes”: Community Engagement in Policy and Research to Foster Canadian Racialised Immigrant Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1–15. doi:10.1007/s11469-017-9776-5