Refugees escaping conflict areas have often gone through many traumatic events in their country of origin. Violence, persecution, loss of loved ones and constant threats are all factors that have an effect on people’s mental health. Even after escaping this situation the environment of the refugee camps can contain many ongoing stressors such as poor quality of accommodation, insecurity and uncertainty over access to food and water.
DICAC supports mentally ill refugees with counselling. Many have developed post-traumatic stress disorder or depressive disorder. These conditions are particularly problematic since they have long-lasting effects and require long-lasting treatment. When necessary DICAC also facilitate help at the Emmanuel Mental Specialized hospital for medical treatment. However, due to the high case load of the hospital they do not have the possibility to give psychosocial support. DICAC is therefore arranging access to its own psychiatrist.