Supporting the mental health of refugees: further evidence highlights the need for cultural awareness and competence

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Zuva Dengu reviews a German cross-sectional representative study exploring the psychological distress of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and other countries, which focuses on the individual and contextual risk factors and potential consequences for integration of refugees into German society.

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Mental healthcare for young immigrants and refugees should involve collaboration between schools, communities and families

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Sadhbh Byrne summarises a timely scoping review on mental health interventions for immigrant and refugee children and youth living in Canada.

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Migrant mental health in Norway: variation in the prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses

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In her debut blog, Yasmin Ahmadzadeh reviews a recent cohort study exploring the prevalence of mental disorders among young adults of immigrant background in Norway.

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Suicide risk: could migration be a protective factor?

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Dafni Katsampa’s latest blog looks at a new study exploring the influence of migration on risk of suicide in refugees in Sweden.

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Rates of psychotic disorders: huge variability and important risk factors

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Emma O’Neill summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis of the incidence of psychotic disorders, which looks at the distribution of rates and the influence of gender, urbanicity, immigration and socio-economic level.

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Treatments for traumatised refugees: more complex interventions needed

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Mina Fazel considers the findings of a recent systematic review of psychosocial interventions for adult refugees and asylum seekers, which highlights the difficulty of generalising findings given the many different sources of heterogeneity of included studies.

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Migrant mental health may improve with children’s educational success

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John Moriarty’s debut blog investigates a recent cross-sectional study looking at whether the mental health of migrant parents is supported by the educational achievements of their children.

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