A recent literature review analysed the communication needs and barriers that migrants and refugees, their carers and also social care professionals experienced. The results of the review indicate that all of them experience difficulties when seeking or providing mental health services and language barriers are present. The Authors conclude: “Improving language support options and cultural competency in mental health services is crucial to ensure that individuals from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can access and/or provide high-quality mental health services”.

Communication and its role and relevance in addressing the mental health needs of migrants and refugees is one of the topics covered by the #EUMiCare project’s training programme.

Krystallidou D, Temiz O, Wang F et al. Communication in refugee and migrant mental healthcare: A systematic rapid review on the needs, barriers and strategies of seekers and providers of mental health services. Health Policy 2024 Jan: 139: 104949.