Barriers and Opportunities – Improving access to mental health support for refugees and people seeking asylum
A British Red Cross report explores access to and experience of mental health support for refugees and people seeking asylum in England. It finds a need for a person-centred, trauma-informed approach where the specific needs of the individual are considered and the most appropriate mental health support is offered.
It also details an opportunity to improve communication with refugees and people seeking asylum in the provision of mental health support, including longer appointment times to overcome language barriers, preference for face-to-face appointments, written and translated communication, and consistent access to professional interpreters. Download the report here.