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Identifying service needs 

Identifying service needs
Identifying service needs

Meryam Schouler-Ocak

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date: 18 May 2021

Millions of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers live somewhere other than in their regions of origin. More than 244 million people are estimated to be immigrants globally. Worldwide, healthcare systems have to be prepared for this very heterogeneous population, with their different biographies, stress, and resilience factors. Both concepts of health and disease and expectations about treatment depend on cultural background, traditional values, personal experiences, and social worlds, all of which are in a constant state of flux. Barriers to access mental health care must be overcome. To be able to cope with mental health needs among diverse multicultural populations health professionals and service providers need sufficient knowledge and competencies. In this chapter, barriers to access mental health services and the needs of health professionals and mental health services will be identified and discussed.

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