RefPsych - Project for refugees and helpers

A study carried out among Syrian refugees in Turkey showed that two-thirds of them have witnessed or experienced the death, torture or abduction of a close friend or family member (Alpak et al., 2015). Therefore, the frequency of stress-related disorders in refugees is alarming (Heeren, Müller et al., 2012). About 20 to 30 per cent of refugees suffer from major depression or a pronounced post-traumatic stress disorder and are in need of treatment (Steel, Chey et al., 2009).

Psychiatric care of refugees in Germany needs to be optimized. The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry wants to contribute to this process.

Our short film for refugees and helpers explains possible somatic and mental symptoms which can occur after flight and migration - in order to relieve and to seek help:

Please distribute our short film so it will help as many people as possible

Flight and Trauma

Please distribute our short film so it will help as many people as possible

For helpers supporting people with mental disorders resulting from flight and migration, we offer psychoeducation:

Our psychoeducation program comprises 8 group meetings as listed below. The workshops will take place at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry on Mondays from 6 pm to 8 pm. The workshops are carried out in German.  We will keep you up to date about a new series of workshops here. You can find the contact details for registration on the right.


Maintenance and origin of psychogenic symptoms resulting from flight and migration

Depressive disorders

Anxiety disorders and somatization disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Addiction and psychoses  

Particularities of dealing with refugees: skills, life-line, suicidality

Stress management for helpers  

Final meeting and information on treatment possibilities 

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