Preventing the mental health consequences of war in refugee populations

Corrado Barbui*, Marianna Purgato, Ceren Acarturk, Rachel Churchill, Pim Cuijpers, Markus Koesters, Marit Sijbrandij, Maritta Välimäki, Johannes Wancata, Ross G. White

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The refugee experience is associated with several potentially traumatic events that increase the risk of developing mental health consequences, including worsening of subjective wellbeing and quality of life, and risk of developing mental disorders. Here we present actions that countries hosting forcibly displaced refugees may implement to decrease exposure to potentially traumatic stressors, enhance subjective wellbeing and prevent the onset of mental disorders. A first set of actions refers to the development of reception conditions aiming to decrease exposure to post-migration stressors, and a second set of actions refers to the implementation of evidence-based psychological interventions aimed at reducing stress, preventing the development of mental disorders and enhancing subjective wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere24
JournalEpidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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