Dr. Islam will share findings from her project with Bangladeshi newcomer and immigrant populations living in Toronto’s East Danforth neighbourhood. Dr. Islam carried out a mixed methods study where she assessed attitudes towards seeking mental health care, mental health concerns, and barriers and promoters of mental health care service access. Bio: Farah Islam, PhD, completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto and her PhD at York University. She is currently a Research Consultant at Access Alliance Multicultural Community and Health Services, editing a book on child and youth psychiatry, a course instructor for the Muslim Youth Mental Health course at the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT), and a screenwriter for the Muslim children’s TV puppet show, Adam’s World. She explores mental health and service access in Canada’s radicalized and immigrant populations, using both quantitative epidemiology and mixed methods research. Farah orients her research and community work around breaking down the barriers of mental health stigma.

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