Unaccompanied refugee minors experiences of mental health services
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Unaccompanied refugee children have much greater psychiatric illnesses than the general population. Despite availability of some treatments, there have been widespread concerns about their poor access and use of treatment for mental illness. Very limited research is available on their own experiences of such treatments and service. This book aims to explore their experiences of mental health, illness, treatment and service they received, the factors contributing, and the ways to improve these services. Number of refugee children & their carers were interviewed from specialist Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services in the UK in order to gather data. These children’s limited understanding of mental health services, lack of trust & fear of stigma appears to be some of the main factors affecting their engagement in treatment. They preferred not to talk about their past, but rather expected clinicians to help address their present needs. This book goes on to discuss the various strategies to engage these children & connecting with other agencies & communities. Clinical & service implications of these findings as well as recommendations for future are also considered comprehensively.