Migrants, refugees and mental health care in Europe

Watters, Charles (2010) Migrants, refugees and mental health care in Europe. Hellenic Journal of Psychology, 7. pp. 21-37. ISSN 1790-1391

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Abstract

This article focuses on the provision of mental health services to migrants and refugees in Europe. It draws in particular on two recent studies, a mapping of mental health services for migrants and a study examining good practice in the mental health and social care of refugees. It is argued that research examining mental health provision for migrants and refugees is both timely and vital in addressing not only the needs of these groups but also in ensuring that services are responsive to these needs. A preoccupation only with determining the nature and extent of mental health problems in these populations may inadvertently obscure salient issues relating to interrelationships between service provision and the identification and treatment of mental health problems. It may also lead to an absence of attention towards important issues concerning the organisation and delivery of services. It is argued that not only should attention be given to services but that, further, these should be examined within the wider political, economic and social contexts in which they emerge and are sustained. Through placing services within these wider contexts realistic approaches towards the identification and dissemination of good practice can be developed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mental health care, Mental health services, Migrants, Refugees.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Yasmin Ali
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 14:38
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2015 14:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54326
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