Refugees experience multiple barriers to accessing mental health services. These barriers include lack of affordability of services, restrictive timing, language barriers, difficulties navigating a new health system, lack of knowledge of existing services, or a lack of services. Mental health service delivery to refugee populations can also lack cultural sensitivity.
UOSSM's Mental Health Centre is staffed by psychologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and a case worker. The centre provides:
- Individual counselling and treatment sessions for various mental disorders.
- Special educational training for caregivers and workers in the field of psychological
support through group sessions (psychoeducation and awareness-raising).
- Case management, service mapping and transfer appropriate to the needs of different beneficiaries.
- Prescribing and providing medicines to beneficiaries free of charge.