October
26
2009
Author
Daniel Solle
Improving mental health support for refugee communities – an advocacy approach

The activities detailed in this report were part of Mind’s Refugee and asylum-seeker advocacy project which was funded by the Department of Health and delivered by Mind’s Diverse Minds unit.

Diverse Minds was set up in 1997 with support from the Department of Health in response to serious concerns raised by people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities about their experiences of mental healthcare in this country.

Diverse Minds commissioned Daniel Sollé to map the mental health concerns and needs of refugee communities, deliver training to community advocates and to collate the findings of the
research and the training into this report.

Almost 150 communities participated in the project, with backgrounds in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
All of the project’s recommendations are drawn from engagements with the refugees and asylum seekers consulted over the course of the two-year project.