Refugees and asylum seekers are highly vulnerable subjects and their mental health is often at risk. They usually suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression, as a consequence of the hardships they had to endure: armed conflicts, loss or separation from their families, life-threatening journeys, long waiting periods.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression seem to persist for many years.
This research article analyses numbers and figures providing a detailed study of the current situation and asserting the necessity for an immediate and continuous access to psychological support. Providing a high-quality mental health care can make a difference not only for the person concerned, but also for the host country.
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