Mental health support
With over 15 years’ experience of our volunteers providing mental health services to adult and children, Global Refugee Aid is a leading charity on the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the East Africa Region.
People seeking safety in this region are often deeply traumatised. We help them to make sense of their experiences, drawing on their resilience and strength to recover and start to rebuild their lives.
Refugees we support have lived through dreadful experiences and faced devastating losses. All have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their communities and been separated from their loved ones. Many have witnessed terrible violence, been tortured, seen family and friends killed and made dangerous journeys before they finally arrive in their hosting countries.
Our charity has seen many refugees are showing signs and symptoms of trauma and mental disorders consecutive to what they have lived-seen and or to what they are now living in a non-home place. According to some sources, in different refugee camps, people are despaired, traumatized while others, especially youth have adopted problematic behaviour like domestic violence , alcoholism, prostitution and unwanted pregnancies of young ladies.
They worry about accommodation, money, education, access to legal advice. They fear detention, deportation, destitution and homelessness. And there is a constant concern about loved ones left behind or missing.
All this takes a heavy toll on their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
How We Help
We provide specialist mental health support to help refugees to rebuild their lives using the resilience, strength and skills acquired on their journeys. Our experienced and highly qualified therapists apply a range of evidenced-based and best practice approaches including:
One-to-one counselling, giving individuals intensive support to heal in a safe, private space
Psycho-education – health and wellbeing workshops to help refugees to better understand their own situations promote long-term recovery and support each other
Psychosocial groups where refugees have opportunities to come together, explore their own experience and share them with their peers
Intensive casework and crisis intervention when they are at greatest risk of harm
Who We Support
As well as adult refugees and asylum seekers, we work with families and unaccompanied children who arrive in the UK alone. Find out more about how we support them below.