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Posted on 23rd November 2020 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

Updating the Resource Centre, 2020

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:

Published on 21st November 2020 by Dr Farah Farsimadan

Coronavirus Resources by the BPS

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:

Posted on 2nd 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:

Posted on 23rd March by Dr Farah Farsimadan 

Racial disparities in mental health: literature and evidence review 

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:

Reported on 6th 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 29th June. 

Congratulations to Rachel, Farah and the team!!!

Reported by Elaahe Farsimadan 2nd 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 click on the link below:

Retrieved May 31th 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 June 4, 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).

Booking via Eventbrite:

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 Task force 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