Community-Based Global Mental Health for Refugees and other Migrants

Text: "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health"

Deadline: May 1 2020

This call for papers seeks insights into questions such as:

  • What are the best approaches to deliver community-based services for migrants?
  • How can primary care collaborate with mental health specialists and community-based support systems?
  • What form of training programs and supervision are warranted?
  • How can trans-national influences on mental health, such as migration, conflict, and disasters, be integrated into community-based care? 

Keywords are global mental health, refugee and migrant health, community mental health, implementation science, trauma, primary health care, and health equity.

Health and Migration Workshop

Description of Workshop Themes

This workshop announcement includes a call for papers on migration and health; reach out to sarfraz@qau.edu.pk for more information!

The Health of Nepali Migrants in India: A Qualitative Study of Lifestyles and Risks

First two themes found in research with number of mentions by participants and key informants

(Featured image shows first two themes out of a total five from this research)

Authors: Pramod R. Regmi, Edwin van Teijlingen, Preeti Mahato, MSc; Nirmal Aryal, Navnita Jadhav, Padam Simkhada, Quazi Syed Zahiruddin, and Abhay Gaidhane

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16193655, (Published Sep 2019).

Current research on Nepali migrant workers in India neglects work, lifestyle, and health care access in favor of focusing on sexual health. This article aims to gain a broader sense of migrant workers’ health by conducting focus groups and interviews. The researchers analyzed their data and determined five different themes:

  1. Accommodation
  2. Lifestyle, networking, and risk-taking behaviours
  3. Work environment
  4. Support from local organisations
  5. Health service utilisation

This qualitative study demonstrates that health risks for Nepali migrant workers’ emerge because of a wide range of factors. The authors recommend a larger quantitative study to gain more insight.

Read the full article here.

Major depressive disorder prevalence and risk factors among Syrian asylum seekers in Greece

Graph that shows the more time spent in camp the higher the probability of MDD

Danielle N. Poole, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Shirley Liao, Nathaniel A. Raymond, & Till Bärnighausen

BMC Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5822-x, (Published July 2018).

This research provides necessary information on the mental health (specifically major depressive disorder or MDD) of refugees from Syria, as this information has not been collected or analyzed thoroughly as of yet. The researchers surveyed 135 Syrian refugees in a camp in Greece, specifically screening for MDD. The authors found that 44% of participants had symptoms of major depression. They found that women had an increased likelihood of MDD, and that time spent in the camp had a trend towards increased risk of depression.

“The development of depression during the asylum process is likely to undermine individual and societal functioning, which are essential for the survival and eventual resettlement of forced migrants. Depression is also likely to lead to adverse acculturation outcomes.”

To read the full article, click here.

‘And when a certain health issue happen, they try to cover it’: Stakeholder perspectives on the health of temporary foreign workers and their families

Bukola Salami, RN, PhD; Kathleen Hegadoren, RN, PhD; Anna Kirova, PhD; Salima Meherali, RN, MN, PhD; Christina Nsaliwa, PhD; & Yvonne Chiu, LLD

Social Work in Health Care, https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2017.1379458 (Published Sep 2017).

Like our other recent highlighted articles, this one again focuses on Alberta, Canada. This research was an exploratory study into the health and wellbeing of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in the province.

They asked two primary research questions:

  • “What are the perspectives of stakeholders on the health and well-being of TFWs and their families in Alberta?”
  • “What do they see as potential threats to child and family health in this population?”

The authors found that stakeholders perceive TFWs as experiencing several different types of specific health challenges: mental health, family health, and occupational health. They also found that workers confront barriers in accessing mental health services as well as the fact that income and social status are social determinants of health.

If you wish to read the rest of the article, click here. Institutional access restrictions apply.

Sense of community belonging among immigrants: perspective of immigrant service providers

B. Salami, J. Salma, K. Hegadoren, S. Meherali, T. Kolawole, E. Diaz

Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2018.10.017 (Published Feb 2019)

In this article, authors interviewed immigrant service providers in Alberta, Canada, to discuss how their clients experience belonging on a day-to-day basis. The research showed that there are two different groups within which migrants experience belonging; their specific ethnocultural group, and the mainstream society of Canada. The researchers saw that migrants feel more belonging in an ethnic group before becoming comfortable with people who live near them. The authors argue that lack of ethnocultural diversity in local organizations adds to this distance from Canadian society.

If you wish to read the rest of the article, click here. Institutional access restrictions apply.

3rd MHADRI newsletter [October 2019]

The 3rd MHADRI newsletter is available here