Mental health and psychosocial support for resettled refugees

These guidelines aim to support resettlement actors practitioners in understanding and addressing the mental health and psychosocial needs of refugees throughout the resettlement cycle, from pre-departure to post-arrival.


The first section of the guidelines covers the phase of first asylum to help understand the experience and responses of refugees immediately prior to resettlement and explores the possible psychosocial reactions of refugees to events and adversity. The second section describes each phase of the resettlement process and related psychosocial impacts, providing key recommendations and resources for all resettlement actors and host communities on improving mental health and psychosocial support for resettled refugees throughout the resettlement process. The five annexes provide more detail on basic psychosocial skills that can be used by all resettlement staff.


The guidelines were developed by IOM under the project COMMIT - Facilitating the integration of resettled refugees in Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Funded by the European Union, COMMIT seeks to foster the sustainable integration of resettled refugees in their new communities, with a specific focus on women and youth.



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