Refugees are five times more likely to have mental health needs than the UK population and are far less likely to access medical care or mental health services. Often the processes of seeking safety – the journeys themselves, the threat of deportation, housing problems, language barriers and legal battles – are deeply traumatic. The pandemic has only increased these issues, placing already vulnerable communities under even more emotional and psychological stress. For many, sharing stories, exploring creative ways of expressing themselves and collaborating with others has been a vital way of navigating both the experience of seeking asylum and living with the impact of Covid.
This project stands in solidarity with all who are experiencing mental health difficulties and are having difficulties accessing needed treatment and health care. If you or someone you know needs help, please follow the links below: