Refugees’ Symptom Trajectories After Loss Events Study

UBC Psychiatry’s Institute of Mental Health is recruiting research participants to better understand the current needs and challenges that refugees face in Canada.

The Refugees’ Symptom Trajectories After Loss Events (RESTALE) study investigates the well-being of people who have fled to another country (also known as humanitarian migrants including refugees and asylum seekers). Many people have traumatic experiences before and/or during the flight (e.g. loss of a loved one).

These experiences can lead to various difficulties such as intense sadness, anxiety as well as distressing and intrusive memories. Although we know that many refugees have these experiences, the possible impact on wellbeing and resilience especially over the long term is unknown.

Study purpose

The aim of the study is to examine the challenges and strengths of people who have fled to Canada. The researchers are particularly interested in reactions to the loss or death of loved ones and the trajectory of these reactions over time.

By participating in this study, you can help researchers understand how refugees cope and what could help those who have difficulties.

Study procedure

Participants in the study will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their mental health and quality of life in Canada at three different time points throughout the year. Each questionnaire takes less than 30 minutes.

For every person that participates we will donate to Jumpstart Refugee talent and MOSAIC BC.


  • 18 years or older
  • Migrated to Canada within the last 10 years
  • Arabic speaking and/or from an Arabic background
  • Experienced the loss of a close, signification person

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