Mental health needs among young refugee populations

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Event type Day Conference

The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

How do we effectively respond to the mental health and well-being needs of young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers living in Bristol and beyond? 

Co-produced by ACAMH, Creative Youth Network, Art Refuge UK

Takeaways and learning points

  • Better understand the cultural, social and mental health needs of young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers, and how these young people can be supported to adapt to a new life in the UK
  • Discover flexible and creative ways to respond to their mental health and well-being needs from multi-modal perspectives
  • Learn from current research in supporting best practice and developing effective care pathways between organisations
  • Find out about models and approaches used by local agencies in Bristol that can be adapted to different working contexts

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Building a house. Bristol. Copyright ArtRefugeUK 2018
Building a house. Bristol. Copyright Art Refuge UK 2018

About the event

Taking place in Refugee Week 2019, this one day conference is framed by an acknowledgement of the extraordinary resilience and capacity to cope of the young refugees and asylum seekers living in Bristol and beyond, most of whom are unaccompanied. Displaced from their country of origin due to war, persecution and poverty these young people are also dealing with trauma, loss and massive adjustments to a new life in the UK.

Led by the ACAMH Avon Branch, joined by experts in the fields of social care, art therapy, psychology, asylum law and translation services, and co-produced with local charities and support groups including Creative Youth Network and Art Refuge UK, the event focuses upon broad political issues and on-the-ground responses through research presentations and case studies. It explores how we can effectively respond to the mental health and well-being needs of young refugees and asylum seekers, and ways to develop locally relevant provisions and collaborate so to empower these young people within our communities.

Who is the event for?

Anyone interested in the mental health and well-being of young refugees and asylum seekers in our communities.
This includes mental health professionals, in particular clinicians, educational psychologists, psychotherapists, arts therapists; professionals from education, health, youth and community settings; refugee support service workers, social workers, lawyers, teachers, youth workers, charity workers, artists and activists.

Speakers

Sarah Hunt
PhD Candidate working in the field of psychology at the University of Leicester, UK. Sarah conducted Participatory Action Research with over 100 stakeholders to investigate the problem of ‘unmet’ needs among asylum-seekers and refugees living in the UK, using voices as evidence for policy and practice. The perspectives of service users and service providers demonstrate the impact of post-migratory living difficulties on mental health and wellbeing and gaps in service provision. Sarah’s research addresses the mental health priorities of asylum-seekers and refugees living in the UK and presents research-based evidence for improved policy and a more equitable service provision.

Professor Ravi Kholi
Professor of Child Welfare at University of Bedfordshire and a leading expert in social work with unaccompanied minors in the UK. He is particularly interested in what becomes of young people who seek asylum in richer countries and how they adapt throughout their migration and resettlement.

Bobby Lloyd
Visual artist, HCPC registered art therapist, supervisor and educator, working in the UK and internationally since the mid 1990s within contexts of political upheaval and displacement. CEO of Art Refuge UK, she has led its project in Calais on the France-UK border since 2015.

Dr Lucy Arnsby-Wilson
Lucy is the founder and co-director of MAYA. She was first introduced to yoga at 18 whilst studying and working with young people with Autism. Some of the challenges that the young people she worked with were facing is what she found herself cultivating and growing during her own yoga and meditation practice. It was at this point she knew that she needed to integrate her love and passion of yoga and psychology. She has been offering Yoga and Psychological therapy since 2005 and has had many amazing teachers such as Sonia Suma, Jo Manuel, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta.

Kathryn Cronin
An Immigration, asylum, nationality, children’s and family lawyer at Garden Court Chambers, she brings particular expertise in working with unaccompanied minors.

Imran Shah
CEO, Language Services UK Limited & SOFTECH Business Services Limited

Price

The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining.

Publications/Digital member rate £52.50 (10 spaces are available at this rate)
Platinum member: £110
Gold member: £126
Silver/Bronze member: £142

Non-member: £158

Programme

09:00 Coffee and Registration

09:30 Welcome and Introductions

09:45 Sarah Hunt Participatory action research with asylum seekers and refugees in the UK: Addressing mental health priorities

10:30 Break

11:00 Professor Ravi Kohli and Bobby LloydWorking with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people: some thoughts from the field

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Dr Lucy Arnsby-WilsonMeeting the Psychological needs for Unaccompanied Minors: Finding healing when the threat is still high

14:30 Kathryn Cronin – Telling their Stories – The pressures and perils of the immigration and asylum system

15:00 Imran Shah – Refugees Can Contribute Too

15:30 Break

16:00 Closing plenary and panel discussion

16:30 Conference close and art exhibit opens

18:00 Art exhibition ends