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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Canadians of South Asian Origin Project Backgrounder

What is the aim of the study?


Culturally Adapted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Canadians of South Asian Origin1
is a project that aims to develop a specialized form of psychotherapy, specifically for South Asian
populations living in Canada. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based
psychological treatment, which this project will culturally adapt with the hope of improving
mental health outcomes for South Asian Canadians affected by anxiety and depression.


Why is this study necessary?


• South Asians make up the largest racialized group in Canada. About 1.6 million
individuals, or five per cent of the Canadian population, identify as South Asian.
• South Asian Canadians are affected by higher rates of mental health problems. Anxiety
and mood disorders are higher among South Asian Canadians compared to other
Canadian populations.
• Depression is more prevalent among South Asian women as compared to other
women living in Canada.
• South Asian Canadians are up to 85 per cent less likely to access mental health services.

What is (CBT)?


CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment that has been proven to help people with
mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. It focuses on changing people’s negative
thoughts and beliefs, which can improve unhelpful attitudes and behaviours.

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