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Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Monday 5 Oct 2020


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Find out more about virtual attendance

We are pleased to announce this virtual conference to focus on improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

“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 

“The world is experiencing unprecedented high rates of global migration. The reasons for this are complex and include both positive and negative factors, such as opportunity and freedom as well as poverty and violence…Refugees and asylum seekers coming to the UK by any route may have experienced significant periods of deprivation with little or no access to healthcare... Understanding your patient’s journey, the risks they may have been exposed to and their narrative of any traumatic experiences can help you to diagnose any complaints they present with, screen for other conditions and make referrals for specialist care, if appropriate.”

BMJ 2019 

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 context
  • Understand the vulnerabilities that lead to mental health issues in refugees and ayslum seekers
  • Examine how to set up holistic services that meet the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Learn from the experiences of the Red Cross and Doctors of the World in delivering Multitiered and comprehensive MHPSS Systems & Psychological First Aid
  • 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
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

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

Mr Gulwali Passarlay

My Bright Kite

Dr Rebecca Farrington

GP with Special Interest in refugee mental health & Clinical Lecturer
University of Manchester

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, whether it be a sponsored session, or a virtual booth, 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 face to face with your key audience on-site and virtually 
  • 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 virtual & hybrid exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(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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