Mental health interventions for refugees

MENTAL HEALTH OF REFUGEES

Processes of resettlement are quite common among migrants and refugees. The fact that they do not have permanent homes places them at the disadvantage of not enjoying comfortability in one place. In the process of all this movement, they are forced to adapt to new cultures, learn new languages and such other necessities.

This resettlement can place their mental health at risk. The grief, loss and continuing anxiety over family and friends left behind can make it difficult to establish a new life. The fact that they are unemployed and lack recognition is another major cause of mental breakdown.

Some refugees have witnessed killings, war and trauma and in many obvious cases have been forced to migrate from their mother countries to other countries that may play host to them. Refugees are entitled to receive health care, welfare and social services depending on the policies and resources of the host country concerned.

Countries that have signed the United Nations Convention on Refugees are obliged to consider the application for anyone who claims refugee status and grant that person refuge on the basis of the evidence. Refugees possess few rights even in their countries of settlement which leads to their mistreatment in many spheres of life.

A number of national and non-governmental health agencies around the world provide impressive services frequently with very few resources in an attempt to meet some of the physical and psychological health needs of people forced to reside in refugee camps.

When one loses all their life achievements, wealth and social status in just one event to end up a refugee, they are bound to go into a state of mental instability. The thought that you once had all you had ever wanted and now you don’t is not a joke.