IOM UK chaired the third national conference focusing on Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, organised by Healthcare Conferences UK yesterday (07/12) in Manchester, United Kingdom.
The event, moderated by Amanda Salomonsson, IOM UK Project Officer and Lead for Mental Health & Psychosocial Response, brought together speakers from Doctors of the World UK, the British Red Cross, Mind, The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and other services within NHS and the voluntary sector.
The event enabled participants to hear about lived experiences from a refugee perspective, the mental health needs and concerns of refugee communities, including providing emotional first aid for refugees, and raised important questions of how we can work together to help to re-establish refugees’ trust in humanity and services and to improve practice in building resilience and improving care of unaccompanied children.
Since 1999, IOM has provided mental health and psychosocial support to migrants and host communities and has implemented programmes dedicated to improving the availability and quality of psychosocial support in over 45 countries worldwide. In the UK, IOM has recently been involved in a pre-departure mental health pilot initiative for UK-bound refugees using the Global Mental Health Assessment Tool (GMHAT).
For more information, please contact Amanda Salomonsson at IOM UK: Tel: 0207 811 6034, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org