Web-based resources

HealthReach

HealthReach, a national collaborative partnership, serves as a resource for multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency. Resources include health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos); provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters); and special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health and Mental Health.

Refugee Services Toolkit (RST)

The Refugee Services Toolkit is a web-based resource designed to help service providers understand the experiences of refugee children and families, identify the needs associated with their mental health, and ensure that they are connected with the most appropriate available interventions. The Toolkit explores multiple factors that affect the mental health and general well-being of refugee children and families, including trauma, stressors including resettlement, acculturation, and social isolation, as well as strengths that contribute to resilience.

Dignity – Danish Institute Against Torture

DIGNITY is a self-governing, independent organization that provides interdisciplinary treatment for torture survivors within Denmark, conducts research, and works in collaboration with international partners to advocate for the prevention of torture and to share knowledge and expertise. The organization’s highly extensive, searchable Library contains over 30,000 resources, including news items, journal articles, research studies, and information on consultative specialists on specific topics.

Cultural Orientation Resource Center

The Cultural Orientation Resource Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CALS) offers extensive materials designed to assist in the orientation, resettlement, and adjustment of specific refugee populations. These include “Refugee Backgrounders,” cultural profiles, DVDs, and webinars on such topics as orientation for unaccompanied youth, older refugees, refugees with disabilities, and health aspects of orientation. A refugee discussion list is also available for professionals working with refugee communities.

Refugee Health Lending Library

The Minnesota Refugee Health Program's Lending Library maintains a comprehensive collection of educational materials about refugee populations and health issues, including several items related to mental health issues. The lending library currently holds over 180 videos. These items are available for free loan (except for the cost of return postage) to any public health organization or community group (including schools, churches, book clubs, etc.) in the United States. The entire collection can be searched by topic or by language through the program’s online catalogue.

Healing from Trauma resources/SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

This section of the SAMHSA site provides information on notable trauma-specific interventions based upon psychosocial educational empowerment principles that have been used extensively in public system settings. Included are the Sanctuary Model, the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, Seeking Safety, and others. Intervention overviews and relevant contact information/ websites are provided.