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SEE THIS ARTICLE & REPORT:

Getting the facts about refugee and migrant mental health in Australia by Harry Minas – Director, Centre for International Mental Health at University of Melbourne. 8 October 2013:



“Refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia are particularly vulnerable to self-harm and suicidal behaviours, but aren’t getting the specialised mental health care they need, according to


a                                     published today [8 October 2013] by the National Mental Health Commission.




The report found that rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder were between three and four times higher among Tamil asylum seekers in Australia than rates among other immigrants. And young refugees more broadly have an increased risk of depressive symptoms.


…Despite two decades of active mental health system reform, effective and culturally appropriate


treatment and care for immigrant and                                                            is hard to find.



A person with mental illness who does not speak fluent English may or may not have access to an interpreter, and will generally not have access to psychotherapy, rehabilitation and social support programs. For recent arrivals from Somalia, Sri Lanka or Myanmar it is unlikely that relevant cultural issues will be understood and incorporated into the treatment program.”


SEE ALSO:

Asylum seekers and refugees: Scriptural, theological and ethical approaches




Prayer Guide: Refugees & Asylum Seekers




Prayer For Migrants, Refugees & Assylum Seekers




Justice for Asylum Seekers: Prayer Resources




Praying with Refugees a page hosted by Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.


Getting the facts about refugee and migrant mental health in Australia  Spotlight Report Refugees Communities  Justice for Asylum Seekers: Prayer Resources  Jesuit Refugee Service Australia Prayer For Migrants, Refugees & Assylum Seekers Prayer Guide: Refugees & Asylum Seekers Asylum seekers and refugees: Scriptural, theological and ethical approaches