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Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Chaired by Guglielmo Schinina Head of Mental Health The International Organisation of Migration, and researched and produced in partnership with the Child and Family Refugee Service at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, this important and timely conference will support delegates to better understand and meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees.

“The experience of war, torture, injustice, tragic family separation and death of loved ones disturb the internal world of affected individuals. There is the risk that the belief in anything good is lost which is why it is so important that survivors are quickly met with a caring and understanding response.”
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

“Refugees’ lives are complicated and consequently the factors contributing to a lack of mental wellbeing should not be oversimplified.” MIND

“The psychological and social stresses often experienced by refugees during migration can double the prevalence of severe disorders (psychosis, severe depression and disabling anxiety), and increase the figures of mild to moderate mental disorders from 10% to 15-20%, according to the World Health Organisation” The Guardian September 2015

“In the current refugee crisis, with tens of thousands of desperate and exhausted refugees attempting to reach safe havens in Europe, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing is somewhat overlooked amid all the needs that are vying for attention,” 

Pieter Ventevogel Senior Mental Health Officer  The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.  
“Delegates will benefit from a range of learning outcomes including: a better understanding of the psychological impact of traumatic experiences associated with asylum seekers and refugees; an insight into some of the methodologies used by specialist teams to support these populations; and the development of skills as practitioners in responding to the needs of these communities.” 
Gillian Hughes Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Through national updates from Maurice Wren Chief Executive The Refugee Council, and Paul Farmer Chief Executive MIND, practical case studies and extended interactive masterclasses the conference will look at:
  • developing local services and responses 
  • developing early access to psychological first aid 
  • delivering psychosocial support to refugees 
  • counter transference experiences in working with traumatised refugees 
  • working with asylum seekers and refugees who have experienced trauma 
  • therapeutic care of unaccompanied young people seeking asylum 
  • improving access to crisis mental health services for asylum seekers and refugees

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