Feds deny funding for BC's largest refugee mental health agencies

The Tyee recently published an article concerning federal funding cuts to mental health refugee agencies.

In six weeks, refugees arriving in British Columbia will no longer receive free help to cope with the traumas they endured before fleeing to Canada.

The change comes after Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) denied funding to refugee mental health services in B.C. As a result, organisations that have been offering free counselling programs for years will be forced to shut their doors to refugees effective as of March 31, 2014.

After that, refugees without the money will get no professional help to process their experiences; a crucial step in getting settled in a new country.