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Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

With millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and humanitarian disasters, it is vital that the international community of trauma researchers and practitioners are aware of and responsive to the specific needs of refugees. Given the right forms of practical and psychological support, however, it is clear that people with a refuee background can recover from traumatic stress and thrive. Join Dr. Belinda Liddell as she introduces October's Friday Fast Fact series, and watch for new materials every Friday in October 2022.


Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

Learn some quick facts about refugees, their experiences, and the consequences of their experiences in this infographic developed by the Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program (RTRP) UNSW Sydney, in particular Dr. Belinda Liddell, Dr. Yulisha Byrow, Natalie Mastrogiovanni, and Isabelle Shaw for ISTSS.

Fact Sheet: Refugee Traumatic Stress and Recovery Processes: Clinical Considerations

Refugee traumatic events and stressors are often considered in three phases: Pre-Migration Trauma, Displacement-Related Trauma, and Post-Migration Stressors. In this fact sheet, we will examine all three phases, trauma-related disorders experienced by refugees, clinical considerations when supporting refugees, and psychological treatment. 

Panel Discussion: Conflict-Related Trauma in an Ever-Changing World


Chair & Moderator: Dr Belinda Liddell, UNSW Sydney Australia
Dr Kenneth Miller, War Child Holland
Professor Marit Sijbranij, VU University Amsterdam
Professor Angela Nickerson, UNSW Sydney Australia
Dr Peter Ventevogel, UNHCR, Geneva

This panel will bring together diverse perspectives to discuss the major theoretical, research and practice dilemmas at play when responding to the needs of conflict-affected communities in an ever-changing world. Each of the panelists is at the forefront of leading major research or intervention projects with displaced and conflict-affected people all over the world. The panel will discuss different approaches to designing mental health programs, particularly in the context of ongoing insecurity in conflict-affected settings and displacement situations. The panel will also consider how research and practice can inform one another to drive evidence-based innovations, and debate new directions for supporting the recovery, adjustment and resilience of people affected by conflict and displacement.