Q&A Globy

How can refugees access mental and psychological support?

Refugees can access mental and psychological support through community organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies that offer counseling and therapy. Or in some countries, they can benefit from hotlines services offered by trained professionals who can provide immediate assistance.

What are some self-techniques that can help refugees cope with the stress and trauma?

There are multiple techniques that can help refugees cope with the stress and trauma. They can engage in a physical exercise, such as running, walking or yoga based on preference. This can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Another method is joining community support groups if available. Or engaging in activities if interest or hobbies such as painting, dancing, singing and many others. They can also look for potential job openings, which supports their adaptation in a new environment.

How can host communities support the mental health refugees?

Promoting acceptance and inclusivity in host communities plays a crucial role in supporting the mental health and well-being of refugees. Local communities and NGOs can also support by facilitating refugees’ access to healthcare, education, counseling, and jobs. It also crucial to consider culturally sensitive approaches into mental health care, which involves respecting refugees’ cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions.

What are some common mental health challenges that refugees may face?

Refugees may experience a range of mental health challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety due to their experiences of displacement, loss of money or loved ones, and trauma of war.

Why might refugees avoid seeking mental health support?

Refugees may avoid seeking mental health support for several reasons. Firstly, there may be a stigma associated with mental health issues within their culture leading to fear of judgment. Additionally, refugees may prioritize meeting basic needs such as shelter, food, and safety, viewing mental health as a secondary concern. Language barriers and a lack of culturally sensitive services can also hinder access to support.