RefPsych - Films 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 obtain relief and to seek help:
Flight and Trauma
Our second film "Flight and Trauma - Self Help" explains how refugees can help themselves.