Feelings of failure affect mental health of immigrants in Vancouver: UBC study

Immigrants who have moved to Canada may have their mental health affected if they feel like they’re failing in their new home, according to a UBC study.

The study called “Just as Canadian as Anyone Else”? Experiences of Second-Class Citizenship and the Mental Health of Young Immigrant and Refugee Men in Canada explored the effect of failure and performance in male immigrants in the Metro Vancouver area.

“Within this narrative, the young men saw themselves as agents for fulfilling their dreams, as well as the aspirations of their families,” the study states.

“The fear of failure was aggravated by the young men’s worries over disappointing their parents together with the desire to realize the collective family aspirations.”

The participants came from Afghanistan, China, Brazil, and South Africa among others and some were escaping from dangerous situations.

Many of the participants said they either felt indebted to their parents or the government for bringing them to Canada. Therefore, if they weren’t doing well, it affected their mental health as they felt they should be doing better.

“I’m not forced by my parents to do anything, but I know I’m obligated to them just ‘cause I feel like I owe them that much at least – so when I do poorly…it really stresses me out and it kind of just gets all the bad thoughts coming…you just want it to end and how else is it going to end, right?” an anonymous participant said.

Parents and the government weren’t the only pressures the participants worried about. Some were concerned by teachers’ perception and wanting to excel in classes.

“A really bad day for me is when some of my teachers got mad at me when I forget to do homework or I couldn’t answer the questions,” said Peter, a participant in the study, which didn’t identify any last names.

“Even though they might not notice it, it will make me depressed for the whole day.”

The study also looks at the effect on mental of searching for a better life in Canada and starting over in a new country as immigrants or refugees.

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Mild weather allows Grouse Grind to open for at least today

Winter hikers can rejoice, the Grouse Grind has been reopened for at least today following recent mild weather.

Metro Vancouver tweeted Thursday morning that the trail would be open, but they recommend hikers to wear appropriate clothing, carry drinking water, snacks, and a headlamp.

Trail in has reopened due to mild conditions. Wear cold-weather clothing, hiking boots & carry drinking water, snacks and a headlamp. Park staff will reassess on Friday when the next weather system rolls through.

Usually the trail would be closed for the season at this time until around April, but due to unusually moderate conditions, it has allowed for an exception.

The Grouse Grind will be open Thursday from 6:15 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The popular hiking trail has been closed since Nov. 4 when the trail was covered in snow and ice and was therefore too dangerous to hike.

Anyone hoping to hike the trail may want to head out early though, as park staff will reassess on Friday if the grind will remain open through the next weather system.

Rain is expected to move across the South Coast Saturday.

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North Van RCMP release sketch of suspect in break-and-enter

North Vancouver RCMP have now released a sketch of the suspect in a break-and-enter that happened on Dec. 11.

The masked suspect broke into an apartment in the 3rd Street E and St. Andrews Avenue area around 6 p.m.

A woman was home at the time of the break-in and yelled for help. The intruder tried confronting her, and she managed to pull the mask from his face.

He is described as Filipino, around 30 to 35 years old, medium build, around 5’5” and wearing dark blue pants, a blue windbreaker and a black ski mask.

The man did not manage to steal anything from the home, and the woman was not harmed in the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) with the reference number #2017-32370.

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Eight seal pups released at Porteau Cove after being nursed to health

The Vancouver Aquarium released eight seal pups back into the wild Thursday morning, just in time for Christmas.

The eight seal pups, who were released at Porteau Cove, were among 202 other animals that were nursed back to health through the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre program this year.

It’s been the busiest year the program has ever seen.

This morning eight of our ’s harbour seals are going home for the holidays! 🎄🎅🏽

The pups were rescued when they were five days old or younger, and they’re finally healthy enough to be released.

“Most of the seals, when they come in, they’re emaciated, dehydrated and they’ve been separated from their moms for a variety of different reasons. So they’re really in need of care at that point,” said rescue centre manager Lindsaye Akhurst.

“They’ll go out, probably explore around for the first little while and then disperse off in different directions.”

Casey Chiu, one of the volunteers released Gremlin, one of the seals, on Thursday morning

He had a message for him as he went on his way.

“Go out, go explore, have fun. Hopefully he’s going to do well in the wild,” Chiu said.

“I’m really excited that they get to go home for Christmas.”

PHOTOS: Seal pups being released on Thursday morning.

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Missing teen from New Westminster has history of disappearing

Fhionna McCormick is a missing 18-year-old who has a history of walking away from home.

Global has previously reported on her missing three times in 2012.

New Westminster Police have asked the public to help find McCormick, who was last seen in New Westminster on Nov. 28, although there was an unconfirmed sighting of her on Dec. 11 in the Downtown Eastside.

McCormick is described by police as 5’8”, around 110 lbs, with green eyes and long brown-and-purple hair. She has a broken right arm, which is in a sling.

“We are concerned for Fhionna’s well-being, as she is said to have addiction issues,” Sgt. Jeff Scott, media relations officer at New Westminster Police, said in a statement.

Anyone who sees McCormick is asked to contact local police.

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Campers’ vehicles shot in Chilliwack backcountry, and police are seeking witnesses

Chilliwack RCMP are asking for witnesses after two vehicles were shot in the backcountry last week.

Police received two reports from campers on Dec. 10, alleging that their vehicles had been shot.

Officers investigated at two sites along Chilliwack Lake Road: a fish hatchery and the Tamihi Bridge, and carried out a “thorough examination” of vehicles at both sites.

The police believe that the vehicles, not the campers, were the targets in each shooting. No one was hurt.

“The reckless use of a firearm is a criminal act and it is fortunate no one was injured,” Cpl. Mike Rail said in a statement.

If you have any information on the shooting, contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611.

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New Westminster police seek witnesses after vehicle hits girl in ‘very thick fog’

New Westminster police are seeking witnesses after an 11-year-old girl was struck in a hit and run in “very thick fog” on Dec. 7.

The girl was hit in the crosswalk at 12th Street and 7th Avenue around 5 p.m. She was left with non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle is believed to be a silver or grey SUV, and the passenger side mirror may be damaged.

Sgt. Jeff Scott is asking people to be careful driving in the fog, and to “use your headlights and watch for pedestrians.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.

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