Special Issue "Refugee Mental Health and Wellbeing: Innovations, Ethics and New Directions"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2022.
Interests: social health; arts-health research; participatory research; trauma-informed approaches; gender-sensitive research
This Special Issue entitled “Refugee Mental Health and Wellbeing: Innovations, Ethics and New Directions” is timely. As we take stock of the vast health and socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds have continued to experience complex circumstances. The uncertainty of the past few months has presented significant challenges alongside new and creative opportunities to advance research on refugee mental health and wellbeing. We are now thinking about new ways of addressing enduring issues by focusing on strengths-based, interdisciplinary approaches. This Special Issue presents a selection of this exciting, innovative research.
We are particularly interested in papers that directly address diversity and intersectional issues with particular attention paid to the impacts of gender, age, language, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, educational, political and socioeconomic backgrounds or (dis)ability to dispel the myth that people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds constitute one uniform group.
Since the last major migration movement associated with the Syrian war, international organisations such as WHO and European authorities have supported major projects for the psychosocial care of refugees and asylum seekers. It is very gratifying to see the first results of these projects being published. On the other hand, there is a lack of work that presents how innovative solutions may become sustainable.
Post-migratory concerns such as social exclusion and discrimination are significant concerns for the integration of refugees in host countries. We would therefore like to invite reports from the health care and community sector, as well as urban authorities and municipalities.
We encourage submissions from academic researchers co-written with people with lived experiences, as well as research that is explicitly decolonial. The field of refugee studies is still plagued by outsider views, especially from Global North countries. Let us ensure that this new decade marks a significant turning point in that respect.
Dr. Caroline Lenette
Prof. Dr. Yesim Erim
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- refugee mental health and wellbeing;
- asylum-seeker health and wellbeing;
- trauma-informed research;