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Friday, 11 December 2009

A civilised society: Mental health provision for refugees and asylum-seekers in England and Wales

Source: Mind

Every year thousands of people arrive in the UK seeking sanctuary, fleeing conflict, political upheaval and persecution. Once here their problems are often far from over. They face the uphill battle of gaining leave to stay, racism, isolation, separation from friends and family, and, for many, poverty and destitution.

The combined impact of these experiences on the mental health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum-seekers can be devastating. We spent a year talking to 150 refugee community groups in England and with service providers across England and Wales to find out the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers. We asked how services are helping or failing them and how we can surmount the cultural and language barriers that prevent them from seeking or receiving effective support.

This report, produced with the support of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, details the findings and recommendations of Mind's research.

Download the report (PDF)


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