Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Author: Tom Craig
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199557225
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Many refugees and asylum seekers have left their country due to persecution, war, or appalling violations of their human rights. They therefore often have specific mental health needs.This book presents both the theory and practice behind understanding and treating the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

Public Health Aspects of Mental Health Among Migrants and Refugees

Author: Who Regional Office for Europe
Publisher: Health Evidence Network Synthe
ISBN: 9789289051651
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The increasing number of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants poses a challenge for mental health services in Europe. This review found that these groups are exposed to risk factors for mental disorders before, during and after migration. The prevalence of psychotic, mood and substance-use disorders in these groups varies but overall resembles that in the host populations. Refugees and asylum seekers, however, have higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder. Poor socioeconomic conditions are associated with increased rates of depression five years after resettlement. Refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants encounter barriers to accessing mental health care. Good practice for mental health care includes promoting social integration, developing outreach services, coordinating health care, providing information on entitlements and available services, and training professionals to work with these groups. These actions require resources and organizational flexibility.

Forced Migration and Mental Health

Author: David Ingleby
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387226931
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Although forced migration is not new in human history it has become, in our time, one of the world's major problems. In the last few decades, armed conflict and political unrest have created vast numbers of asylum seekers, refugees and displaced persons. This has led, in turn to increasing involvement of professional care workers and agencies, both governmental and nongovernmental. While there is no doubt on the part of helping parties that care is necessary, there is considerable debate about the kind of care that is needed. This book presents a critical review of mental health care provisions for people who have had to leave their homeland, and explores the controversies surrounding this topic. Providing fresh perspectives on an age old problem, this book covers humanitarian aid and reconstruction programs as well as service provision in host countries. It is of interest to all those who provide health services, create policy, and initiate legislation for these populations.

Broken Spirits

Author: Boris Drozðek
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780203310540
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This unique volume explores the enormity of the issues surrounding the numerous mental health problems of the millions of refugees, asylum seekers and torture victims around the world. While these issues have received attention in human rights and international relations circles, and the body of theoretical knowledge in the field has been advanced considerably, there is little practical information available. This book fills a significant gap in the literature by providing readers with an integration of theoretical and assessment issues with practical treatment modalities. Chapters discuss various therapeutic approaches, clinical interventions, medical, legal and moral issues, while considering cultural, religious and political-geographical concerns specific to these areas. Broken Spirits is the definitive work on helping refugees, asylum seekers, and torture victims, allowing the therapist to join with the client in a journey for human dignity.

The Mental Health of Refugees

Author: Kenneth E. Miller
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1135636672
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Print version originally published: Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004.

Counselling and Therapy with Refugees

Author: Guus van der Veer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN:
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The author presents an in-depth review of the available scientific literature concerning the mental effects of terror, torture, battlefield experience, disappearance of relatives and exile on refugees. The facts and theory described are related to practical experience and examples, illustrating the theoretical concepts and related mode of thought. Coverage includes basic ideas from various psychological theories relevant to the understanding of mental problems in general; the use of psychoactive drugs in treating refugees; specific problems of female victims and much more.

Broken Spirits

Author: John P. Wilson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135946418
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Mental health problems among asylum seekers and refugees are becoming a public issue, but awareness of this problem among the mental health community is relatively low. Although advances have been made in the provision of innovative mental health services for asylum seekers and refuges with PTSD, they are not systemized, and not widely known to professionals in the field. A publication offering practical guidelines for the treatment of torture victims and political refugees does not exist. Broken Spirits aims to bring together the works of the most respected mental health professionals - from the U.S. and abroad - and make available the most current knowledge on complex PTSD, forced migration and cultural sensitivity in diagnosis and treatment.

Refuge and Resilience

Author: Laura Simich
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9400779232
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Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on the social and psychological resources that promote resilience among forced migrants, this book presents theory and evidence about what keeps refugees healthy during resettlement. The book draws on contributions from cultural psychiatry, anthropology, ethics, nursing, psychiatric epidemiology, sociology and social work. Concern about immigrant mental health and social integration in resettlement countries has given rise to public debates that challenge scientists and policy makers to assemble facts and solutions to perceived problems. Since the 1980s, refugee mental health research has been productive but arguably overly-focused on mental disorders and problems rather than solutions. Social science perspectives are not well integrated with medical science and treatment, which is at odds with social reality and underlies inadequacy and fragmentation in policy and service delivery. Research and practice that contribute to positive refugee mental health from Canada and the U.S. show that refugee mental health promotion must take into account social and policy contexts of immigration and health care in addition to medical issues. Despite traumatic experiences, most refugees are not mentally ill in a clinical sense and those who do need medical attention often do not receive appropriate care. As recent studies show, social and cultural determinants of health may play a larger role in refugee health and adaptation outcomes than do biological factors or pre-migration experiences. This book’s goal therefore is to broaden the refugee mental health field with social and cultural perspectives on resilience and mental health.

Public Health Aspects of Migrant Health

Author: Who Regional Office for Europe
Publisher:
ISBN: 9789289051101
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Refugees and asylum seekers are defined in many ways but can be considered as those who did not make a voluntary choice to leave their country of origin and cannot return home in safety. Outcome data are limited and mostly focused on perinatal and mental health but do suggest significant levels of unmet need. This scoping review considered 72 studies where refugees and asylum seekers formed part or all of the population studied. Access to appropriate health care across the WHO European Region is very varied and is overwhelmingly shaped by legal frameworks and the regulation of the migration process. The need for improved communication with asylum seekers and coordinated action between agencies within and beyond the medical system is widely noted. Improved data to support intersectoral working to address the health care needs of asylum seekers and refugees are imperative.

Migration and Mental Health

Author: Dinesh Bhugra
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139494007
Format: PDF
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Human migration is a global phenomenon and is on the increase. It occurs as a result of 'push' factors (asylum, natural disaster), or as a result of 'pull' factors (seeking economic or educational improvement). Whatever the cause of the relocation, the outcome requires individuals to adjust to their new surroundings and cope with the stresses involved, and as a result, there is considerable potential for disruption to mental health. This volume explores all aspects of migration, on all scales, and its effect on mental health. It covers migration in the widest sense and does not limit itself to refugee studies. It covers issues specific to the elderly and the young, as well as providing practical tips for clinicians on how to improve their own cultural competence in the work setting. The book will be of interest to all mental health professionals and those involved in establishing health and social policy.