The mental health needs of refugees


Refugees are subject to a wide range of day-to-day stressors, and many will have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. In this podcast Ruth Wells talks to Raj Persaud about her experiences working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and discusses how mental health professionals can best address their psychosocial needs.


Date published: 16 June 2016

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Ruth Wells

Audio running time: 30 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the types of environmental and psychosocial stressors that refugees may experience day-to-day


  • how becoming a refugee can impact on a person's sense of identity and their role within the community


  • some of the cultural and attitudinal factors that should be taken into account when working with refugees and wider communities


  • how community interventions can be used to improve the lives of refugees.


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