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Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Tuesday 6 Dec 2022


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We are pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Conference to focus on improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

“The situation in Ukraine threatens the lives of millions of men, women and children who, through no fault of their own, will be forced to make the heart-breaking decision to leave their homes behind in search of safety… Refugees, including those fleeing Ukraine, have had their lives and families torn apart by war. With the conflict in Ukraine adding to the record numbers of people displaced by conflict, we expect to see thousands of refugees arriving in the UK over the coming months in desperate need of a warm welcome and expert support.”

The Refugee Council 2022

“Migrants and refugees can be exposed to various stress factors which affect their mental health and well-being before and during their migration journey and during their settlement and integration.The prevalence of common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tends to be higher among migrants exposed to adversity and refugees than among host populations.Many migrants and refugees lack access to mental health services or experience barriers in accessing these. They also face disruptions in continuity of care. The mental health needs of migrants and refugees should be addressed by organizing inclusive and accessible promotion and prevention programmes; strengthening mental health as part of general health services; and ensuring timely diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Migrants and refugees contribute positively to society, but they cannot reach their full potential unless they are in good physical and mental health.”

The World Health Organisation 2021

“61% of asylum seekers experience serious mental distress, refugees are five times more likely to have mental health needs than the UK population.”

The Refugee Council

This Conference will focus on the highly relevant and complex area of improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

Attending this conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve mental health support for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Reflect on the lived experience of a refugee to this country
  • Understand the national and international context, and how we can better support the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers from Ukraine 
  • Understand the vulnerabilities that lead to mental health issues in refugees and asylum seekers
  • Examine how to set up holistic services that meet the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Reflect on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on refugees and asylum seekers, and how we can improve support during and beyond Covid-19
  • Learn from the experiences of the Red Cross and Doctors of the World in delivering Multitiered and comprehensive MHPSS Systems & Psychological First Aid
  • Hear how you can support the effective integration of refugees into the education system
  • Improve your skills in working with asylum seekers and refugees who have experienced trauma
  • Develop strategies for providing peer and community support
  • Understand the role of specialist interventions such as trauma focused CBT
  • Working with victims of human trafficking
  • Improve practice in building resilience and improving care of unaccompanied young people seeking asylum
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

100% of delegates at the last conference on this subject would recommend the event to a colleague

Speakers Include:

Dr Piyal Sen

Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist Elysium Healthcare & Network Lead Asylum Seekers and Refugees Mental Health Network The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Angelina Jalonen

Head of Therapeutic Services
The Refugee Council

Mr Gulwali Passarlay

My Bright Kite

Dr Peter Gough

Doctors of the World

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Schools & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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