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Mental Health

The mental health problems facing asylum seekers and refugees may be divided into 4 overlapping groups.

1. Problems arising from displacement

  • Cultural Bereavement
  • Isolation
  • Boredom
  • Unmet expectations about life in the UK
  • Changing roles in the family / clash of values
  • Racism in their new neighbourhood
  • Range of mental health issues arising from the asylum-seeking process / destitution / early morning removals / forced removal & detention.

4. Mental Health Problems arising from asylum process

  • Witnessing and / or being the victim of torture, rape or other serious atrocities in their home country
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression following traumatic bereavements

3. Mental Health Problems stemming from trauma

  • May have existed prior to their move to U.K or precipitated by the move
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depressive illness 35-42%
  • Developmental disorders e.g. autism

2. Major Mental Health Problems or Developmental Problems