Through our partner organisations, the project worked with people from a refugee or migrant background. When it comes to addressing the mental health support needs, members of refugee communities often face three-fold challenges: Firstly, many refugees and migrants experienced adversity including loss, trauma in the country of origin and arduous journeys that have left their imprint on their physical and mental health status. Secondly, refugees live in a context of on-going stress associated with their refugee/asylum statuses, difficulties of adjustment and integration in an era of xenophobia and anti-immigration rhetoric. Thirdly, there are limited culturally/linguistically appropriate services refugees can access without fear of being judged by members of the host community or being stigmatised by members of their own community. As a result, people from a refugee or migrant background often do not access formal mental health services.

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