20 June 2017
Today sees the British Psychological Society publish its position paper on the need for psychosocial care and support for refugees and asylum seekers to coincide with World Refugee Day.
We believe that poverty, destitution and worklessness are all detrimental to mental health; the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers is particularly vulnerable. The opportunity to access a range of interventions with psychologists and partner organisations is important. Early identification of psychological distress and trauma, and effective care is essential in ensuring individuals receive the care they need and deserve.
We call upon the Home Office, UK Border Agency, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and health and social care professions to provide a route to assessment, support and service delivery.
The document was prepared by the BPS Presidential Taskforce on Refugees and Asylum Seekers.