Refugee Research Network, RRN Research Digest, latest edition

Posted on  20 September 2021 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

Read the latest Refugee Research Network, RRN, Research Digest edition, published on September 16 2021 on the RRN website below:

Call for Abstracts for an upcoming workshop hosted by the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub

Posted on  20 September 2021 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

We are pleased to share with you a Call for Abstracts for an upcoming workshop on new and innovative research in refugee sponsorship, to be held online in November 2021, hosted by the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub.

This workshop is part of the university's 2021 Colloquium on Refugee Sponsorship, run in partnership with the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham and the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. The university particularly encourages submissions from people with lived experience with displacement, and from researchers who collaborate and/or work with communities with this experience.

If you would like to present at this workshop, please send your presentation title and abstract (up to 300 words) by 3 October 2021 to Eliza Bateman, Senior Research Analyst at the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub.


Refugee Council

Posted on 10 September 2021 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

Refugee Council urges the UK Government to do more for Afghan refugees.

Updating the Resource Centre, 2020

Posted on 23 November 2020 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

We are pleased to announce that our 2020 updated version of the Portal’s Resource Centre including the 52-page Directory of Services & Organisations for Refugees, Asylum seekers & Migrants is completed.

Please access the Resource Centre via the link below:

Coronavirus Resources by the BPS

Published on 21 November 2020 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

The BPS has put together some useful tips, advice and links to articles as well as guidelines issued by the UK Government and the NHS that practitioners, professionals and the public might find useful in dealing with the effects of coronavirus pandemic.  Please click on the link below:

Forced Migration Conference on Psychosocial Issues

Posted on 2 September 2020 by Dr Farah Farsimadan 

The University of East London’s Psychology Department hosts an all-day online Forced Migration 
Conference on Psychosocial Issues on Friday 4th September 2020, 10am-7pm.  See link below for more detail.


Racial disparities in mental health: literature and evidence review

Posted on 23 March 2020 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

This week we saw the publication of a new report by the Race Equality Foundation. Drawing on the most recent published research from the last five years and with insights from two events and conversations across the sector, the report reveals a wide range of inequalities linked to mental healthcare in BAME communities.  The report covers prevalence, access, assessment, treatment, and recovery. Recommendations to health agencies, professionals and the voluntary sector are offered.  Access the report via links below: 

Here’s a thought provoking story written as part of the Refugee Journalism Project which poses the question ‘What could improve the mental health of refugees?’ You can read the story by clicking the link below:

In addition, The UN Refugee Agency published new guidelines in May 2019 to help British businesses employ refugees. You can access the guidelines by clicking on the link below:

BPS Division of Counselling Psychology 2019 award

Reported on 6 August 2019 by  Elaahe Farsimadan 

We are very pleased to announce that the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology 2019 award for diversity in practice was jointly awarded to Professor Tribe and Dr Farsimadan in recognition of their contributions to the field including the development of UEL Refugee Mental Health and Wellbeing Portal. The award was formally presented at the DCoP conference in Cardiff on Saturday 29 June. 

Congratulations to Rachel, Farah and the team!!!

The Global Mental Health Assessment Database (GMhAD)

Reported by Elaahe Farsimadan 2 July 2019

The World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP) is happy to share a new resource from colleagues at the University of San Diego that supports access to culturally informed mental health tools internationally. 

The Global Mental Health Assessment Database (GMhAD) is an open toolkit for global mental health assessment tools for use in low and middle income countries. To find out more about this resource, please see the link below.

Retrieved 31 May 2019 by Elaahe Farsimadan

Invitation to the Launch of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Portal for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Health and Social Care Professionals

Posted on 4 June 2016 by Paul Dudman

Please join us at the launch of the UEL mental health and wellbeing portal for refugees, asylum seekers and health and social care professionals to be held on June 9 from 4pm – 6pm in the UEL SportsDock, room SD.1.04, Docklands campus, University of East London (Find us).


Draft programme

  • 3.30 – 4pm: Registration and Light refreshments.
  • 4pm  Professor John Joughin, UEL Vice Chancellor – Introduction UEL and Civic Engagement
  • 4.15pm  Maurice Wren /Angelina Jalonen Chief Executive Refugee Council – Mental health and refugees
  • 4.30pm  Professor Hacker Hughes or Professor Rachel Tribe- The work of the  British Psychological Society Presidential Taskforce on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • 4.45pm  to be confirmed
  • 5pm Dr Farah Farsimadan – developing resources
  • 5.15pm Dr Patricia Smith – Community liaison
  • 5.30pm Jidong Dung- Introduction to the refugee portal and launch
  • 5.45pm – 6pm Paul Dudman – UEL Archivist for the Refugee Archive- The UEL Refugee Archive tour and networking
  • 6pm onwards: A Reception with a selection of foods and refreshments will be available in the Library Foyer to enable further discussion and networking.

For further details, please contact Paul Dudman on

Refugee Mental Health and Wellbeing Portal flyer