Literature review

Community-based mental health and wellbeing support for refugees

An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health
Refugees Mental health Community health Community-based social services Refugee settlement Trauma Syria Afghanistan Iraq South Sudan Australia

Addressing refugees’ mental health needs is challenging for countries offering resettlement. Targeted community based psychosocial support, which acknowledges the heterogeneous cultural, religious and linguistic needs of refugee populations is needed.

This Evidence Check was commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health to provide a summary of evidence from Australia and other countries related to the effectiveness and appropriateness of community-based psychosocial support services and programs for refugees and asylum seekers.

This report will contribute to informing program design, the process for commissioning services and broader mental health policy.

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