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Mental health and psychosocial support in Calais: a reflection on research in a challenging environment

  • Amy Darwin (a1)
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This reflection focuses on research conducted in ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, an informal camp of approximately 6000 refugees (Help Refugees, 2016). My self-designed qualitative study aimed to assess the availability and nature of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) by interviewing service providers about their role in MHPSS. The research questioned whether MHPSS was evidence-based (Tol et al, 2011), what types of MHPSS was available, what service providers envisaged to be the most immediate needs, and barriers and enabling factors in MHPSS.

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Help Refugees (2016) June camp census. Available at http://helprefugees.org.uk/calais (accessed June 2017).
Inter-Agency Standing Committee (2007) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. IASC.
Tol, W. A., Barbui, C., Galappatti, A., et al (2011) Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: linking practice and research. Lancet, 378, 15811591.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2013) Operational Guidance: Mental Health and Psychosocial Programming for Refugee Operations. UNHCR.
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BJPsych International
  • ISSN: 2056-4740
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