The Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees CPD conference to be held in London on 22nd May 2017. Developed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with MIND, the Refugee Council and Médecins du Monde, and chaired by Guglielmo Schinina, Head of Mental Health, The International Organization for Migration, the conference will consider the mental health concerns and needs of refugee communities, and look at developing services and systems to support them.
Topics will include:
- The refugee perspective: the lived experience
- Pathways to appropriate mental health support for asylum seekers and refugees
- Developing local services and responses
- Ensuring front line staff have the capacity and competence to support asylum seekers and refugees
- Delivering psychosocial support to refugees
- Providing assess to healthcare for refugees arriving in the UK, mental health crisis support, and meeting IASC guidelines
- Working with asylum seekers and refugees who have experienced trauma
- Supporting refugees and asylum seekers who hear voices
Since 2005 the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has run a specialist CAMHS service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers offering a range of individual, family, group and community interventions. Over the course of the last year the service has seen an acute rise in referrals particularly of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) following the dismantling of the “Calais jungle” in October 2016 by the French authorities. Through the closure of the camp, The Home Office estimates there are up to 400 young people from countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Kuwait’s stateless Bidoon community that have become resettled in the UK.* The increase in demand for our services has led to new ways of working including the development of psychosocial interventions in association with voluntary providers. The impact upon our services, and the complexity of the trauma these young people present demands a very high level of resilience and management supervision. This is echoed by colleagues in other services nationally, approaching the Tavistock for guidance and training support for their front line staff confronting the same issues. The service works closely with cultural advocates and interpreters running community outreach programmes for Afghani, Congolese, Somali and other communities.