The Experiences of Mental Health Professionals Supporting Forced Migrants: A Qualitative Systematic Review

  • Iona Tynewydd Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Sophie North University of East Anglia
  • Imogen Rushworth University of East Anglia

Abstract

Many forced migrants experience trauma in pre-migration, journeying, and post-migration phases of flight. Therefore appropriate mental health provision is required. Whilst previous reviews have explored the experiences of health-care staff in supporting forced migrants, no review was found that focused solely on the experiences of mental health professionals. This qualitative thematic synthesis integrates the findings from ten qualitative studies and identifies analytical constructs that encompass the challenges and facilitators for mental health professionals. Findings will inform how services can be developed to best support staff and enable the provision of high-quality mental health care for this potentially vulnerable population.

Author Biographies

Iona Tynewydd, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Iona Tynewydd is a clinical psychologist at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. She can be reached at Iona.Tynewydd@wales.nhs.uk.

Sophie North, University of East Anglia

Sophie North is a lecturer at the University of East Anglia. She can be reached at S.North1@uea.ac.uk.

Imogen Rushworth, University of East Anglia

Imogen Rushworth is a clinical senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. She can be reached at I.Rushworth@uea.ac.uk.

Published
2020-04-25
How to Cite
Tynewydd, I., North, S., & Rushworth, I. (2020). The Experiences of Mental Health Professionals Supporting Forced Migrants: A Qualitative Systematic Review . Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 36(1), 50-65. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40774