Access to Health and Mental Health Care for Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women

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Ensuring Health Care and Mental Health Care services are accessible and equally beneficial to refugee and asylum seeking (RAS) women requires an informed strategy. Additional consideration needs to be taken of factors influencing the lives of RAS women. Furthermore, an outright effort is required to understand the existing needs of RAS women and cater for them, to enhance the quality of the services we provide, and ensure equity and justice.

But this raises many questions. Are our mainstream services providing adequate health and mental health care to RAS women? Should community organisations shoulder the responsibility? How do we engage mainstream and community groups to ensure the health and mental health needs of RAS women are met.

What is it about? The aim of this event is to create engagement and dialogue between mainstream health and mental health service providers and RAS community groups. Speakers and participants will be able to share ideas and best practices within this field. The event will also provide an opportunity to network and discuss ways of working together.

Who is it for? This event will be of particular interest to:

  • Women with a refugee or asylum seeking backgrounds who want to learn more about health and mental health care services available.
  • Professionals and staff working within mainstream or public/statutory services such as the NHS.
  • Organisations and professionals working with RAS women.
  • Professionals and representatives of the charity sector providing health and mental health services
  • Academics, researchers and students interested in this area.


Assessing community-based mental health services for migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women. A participatory approach.
Dr Elena Vacchelli, Middlesex University and the Evelyn Oldfield Unit

Research on Peri-Natal Mental Health Services
Andreja Mesarič & Dr Elena Vacchelli, Middlesex University

The Refugee Council – Therapeutic Services Team
Marj Watson

This event will be held on Tuesday the 1st of June at the London Metropolitan University on Holloway Road, London. Please register your interest here to attend this free event.

We strongly encourage the participation of refugee, migrant* and asylum-seeking women, and London-based refugee, migrant/asylum-seeking community organisations at this event.
*migrant women from emerging economies or the new EU accession countries.

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1st June 2016, 10:00 – 12:30

The London Metropolitan University

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WHE: Wednesday, 1 June 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30 (BST) –

WHERE: London Metropolitan University – 166-220 Holloway Road, Holloway, N7 8DB