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WHO | Migration and Health Webinar Two | Mental health of refugees and migrants: myths and realities

The second webinar, entitled “Mental health of refugees and migrants: myths and realities”, will explore the myths surrounding the mental health of people on the move, showcase successful interventions and responses, and critically examine current policy options for addressing this area. The webinar seeks to embolden audiences to take an active approach to improving the mental health and well-being of migrants and refugees. Recognizing and responding appropriately to the mental health needs of this group can pose many challenges. There are specific stressors associated with migration and resettlement, such as the traumatic journeys that are frequently endured. Differences in language and culture can make it difficult for migrants as well as health practitioners to articulate and properly identify mental health needs, which can sometimes lead to the unnecessary medicalization of normal psychological reactions to abnormal, stressful events.

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