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Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

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We are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Conference to focus on improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Angelina Jalonen Head of Therapeutic Services The Refugee Council will give a national update which will look at supporting refugees through the hardship and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and focus sessions will cover; multi-tiered and comprehensive MHPSS Systems & Psychological First Aid, working with refugees to improve mental health, and best practice examples of specialist clinical interventions.

“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

“In these uncertain and challenging times, refugees have needed therapeutic support more than ever… We’ve seen a major surge in demand for our support services since lockdown began in March, with many people experiencing high levels of mental distress, social isolation and destitution.”

UK Refugee Council December 2020

“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 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 context
  • 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
  • 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

Chair & Speakers Include:

Renae Mann

Executive Director of Services
The Refugee Council

Dr Peter Gough

Doctors of the World

Dr Ana Draper

Project Lead and Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist Coram
Solent NHS Trust

Dr Piyal Sen

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

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

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.

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