Refugee and asylum seeker communities and access to mental health support: A local case study

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Aims - The complex mental health needs of refugee and asylum seeker (RAS) communities, often resulting from past trauma, are not met by overburdened and inadequate service provision. Pre-displacement, in-transit, and post-settlement traumas create a specific set of mental health needs which underfunded mental health services often cannot meet, despite the illusion of access to a range of services. This paper aims to explore how a range of stakeholders responded to inadequate provision at the local level.
Methods - Interviews and focus groups with regional stakeholders, charities and RAS community groups, which were conducted as part of wider mixed-methods project on international migration in Northern England, revealed several gaps in provision.
Results - Findings indicate that charities and community groups are often left to fill the gap and provide signposting and liaison with local authorities. However, these groups are often ill-equipped to provide sufficient support but the absence of commissioned services leaves limited options.
Conclusions - We conclude by suggesting that further research is necessary on trauma, RAS communities, and the pathways to mental health support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-180
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number1
Early online date4 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2023

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Funding Information:
This study was funded by Controlling Migration Fund, Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government.

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© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


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