Mental Health of Refugees from War Torn Countries
“In addition to individuals who meet the criteria in the 1951 Convention definition, UNHCR recognizes as refugees persons who are outside their country of nationality or habitual residence and unable to return there owing to serious and indiscriminate threats to life, physical integrity or freedom resulting from generalized violence or events seriously disturbing public order.”(UNHCR, 2011, p.19). According to UNHCR there are about 20 million people classified as refugees. (http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/refugees.html , 4th Nov. 2017). Even just by the definition we can understand that refugees have a life full of struggle and it is not uncommon for them to develop health issues. Mental health issues, which are just as important as physical health issues are very often overlooked because of the lack of resources and knowledge to recognize them. Because of this many refugees suffer from very dangerous mental health issues.
An article on Mental Health of Refugees by WHO says,”many children may be unaccompanied. They have special needs. If these needs are not met, serious mental health problems are likely to occur.”(http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/41825/1/9241544864_eng.pdf , 4th Nov. 2017) As said above, Anon could have been a very similar victim of mental problems and could have suffered long term problems like schizophrenia, depression and frustration specially because he was fro a war-torn place.