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.


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  1. Rinchen,

    This is super intriguing!!! I’m really into your topic, as I think you know from our conversations. I’d encourage you, as you move forward, to prioritize your own voice. Right now, you open with a quote without giving your reader context of why we’re reading someone else’s thoughts. How does it connect to what you’re saying? How do you want to introduce your paper to the reader, hook us into whatever it is you’re going to explore and argue?

    And, make sure that you’re giving very specific textual evidence for each claim you make: where might you see depression, for example, in Anon’s behavior in the play? What evidence do you have that this is connected to where he is from? How does this connect to your research? What is the difference between schizophrenia and just trying to survive in a place where no one will accept you for who you really are? *Is* there a difference? These questions will be essential for you to explore as you move forward.

    Additionally, remember that parenthetical citations don’t give the link, but rather, the last name of the author and the page you found the quote on. For more info on that, see this site: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/

    I look forward to see where you go with this: you’ve hit upon an amazing topic here!


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