Health & Mental Health

Manuals, Tool Kits, and Guides

UNHCR/WHO Mental Health of Refugees (1996)

This manual is written primarily for people who provide support to refugees who have fled war or disasters to help them understand how to provide support for migrants’ mental health issues.

WHO/UNHCR, Assessing mental health and psychosocial needs and resources: a humanitarian toolkit (2012)

This document provides an approach and a toolkit to help those designing and conducting an assessment of mental health and psychosocial needs and resources in major humanitarian crises.

WHO, Right to Health, Factsheet 31

WHO, Rapid Assessment of Mental Health Needs of Refugees, Displaced and Other Populations Affected by Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations (2001)

This tool on the Rapid Assessment of Mental Health Needs of Refugees, Displaced and Other Populations Affected by Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations and Available Resources (RAMH) is intended to be used by mental health professionals, non-mental health personnel, and others involved in mental and psychosocial community support.

ICRT, Getting the evidence: Countering torture through medico-legal documentation

IRCT works to promote the value and use of medical documentation of torture according to the international standards contained in the Istanbul Protocol.

ICRT, Manual for Good Practice and Management in Trauma Centres: Structural Aspects of Work Related Stress – Care for Caregivers

This manual addresses the basic ingredients of a healthy organisation that supports survivors of torture and political violence.

ICRT, Practical Guide to Istanbul Protocol

A guide for medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers on the effective investigation, psychological evaluation and documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Foundation House, Promoting Refugee Health: A guide for doctors, nurses and other health care providers caring for people from refugee backgrounds 

This guide is an Australian focused important resource aimed at enhancing the skills of health care professionals caring for refugees and asylum seekers.

Types of Anxiety Disorders and Treatments

This guide is focused on the different types of anxiety disorders, treatments and alternative methods of treatment

Reports and Publications

APRRN, Southeast Asia Refugee Mental Health Training Report

The full report of the APRRN Southeast Asia Refugee Mental Health Training Course that considered the psychological consequences of war and human rights violations on refugees.

Foundation House, Barriers to and facilitators of utilisation of mental health services by young people of refugee background (2012)

The aim of this project was to explore the perspectives of experienced practitioners about “what works” and “what does not work” in successfully engaging young people from refugee backgrounds with mental health services.

Foundation House, The utilisation of mental health services by children and young people from a refugee background: a systematic literature review

This article presents the main findings in relation to mental-health services utilisation by children and young people of refugee background.

British Journal of Psychiatry, Mental health implications of detaining asylum seekers: a systematic review (2009)

Eugenia Hsu, Corrie A. Davies, and David J. Hansen, Understanding mental health needs of Southeast Asian refugees: Historical, cultural, and contextual challenges (2004)

The main purpose is to review the relevant literature pertaining to Southeast Asian refugees’ experiences and to understand the manifestation of psychiatric disorders by examining historical, cultural, and contextual challenges

Health Equality Initiatives: Research reports on migrants in Malaysia

These three reports examine mental health issues through the experiences of refugees in Malaysia.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group (IASC), Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2007)

These guidelines help to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum responses to protect and improve people’s mental health and psychosocial well being in the midst of an emergency.

Useful links

International Rehabilitation Council of Torture Victims

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

Peter C. Alderman Foundation

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network

Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre)