Towards novel methods of mental health care for refugees
War, flight, insecure living conditions – Refugees are often exposed to psychological stresses that make them more vulnerable to mental health disorders. To date, however, they are still inadequately covered by the German healthcare system. This is why, since 2019, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has been funding seven nationwide projects in their research on innovative methods of care for refugees. Here you will find an overview of the involved projects and information on how to participate.
ALMAMAR is a newly developed intervention for refugees that supports them in coping with psychological problems (e.g. sadness or anxiety). ALMAMAR is based on a scientifically reviewed program that has already been used successfully in various countries (e.g. Lebanon). The program is either internet-based - on a smartphone or computer - with written contact or face-to-face contact. Participation is free of charge.
Berlin und Brandenburg
Arabic- and farsi-speaking persons over 18 with residence in Berlin or Brandenburg
In the study we offer a psychotherapeutic program for adult people who have fled their home country and experienced a trauma (i.e. a dangerous or fear-inducing event). After trauma, many people have psychological problems, such as feeling anxious, sad, or unable to feel emotions. Many have nightmares and unpleasant, sudden memories of the dangerous situation. Many who fit the description have post-traumatic stress disorder. This is a mental illness that is very stressful, but can also be treated well.
START Childcare: a program for crèche children and their parents with a migration background or experience of flight
We would like to invite you to participate in the free training program for early childhood educators "Cultural Sensitivity and Psychological Stress". The project consists of two parts: a training program for early childhood educators and a scientific study to which the early childhood educators and the parents of the daycare children are invited.
Refugee parents with children aged 0-3 and nursery school teachers
BePrepared – The app for young refugees about alcohol, cannabis and how to handle both safely.
Free of charge, anonymous, scientific. The BePrepared Study is aimed at people who fled from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran or Iraq and came to Germany; young adults who have ever drunk alcohol or consumed cannabis. The BePrepared App helps them keep track of their own consumption and provides valuable tips on how to deal with substances safely. The app is available in multiple languages so that anyone can use it without help, anywhere and at any time (Arabic, English, Farsi, German, Pashto).
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Junge Geflüchtete, die schon einmal Alkohol getrunken oder Cannabis konsumiert haben
IMPROVE-MH - a program for the well-being of your family
Many families seeking refuge endure difficult, stress-inducing experiences. As a result of these experiences, many develop fears and worries. When any parent’s mental health is affected, responding to their children’s needs becomes increasingly difficult. That is why it is vital for refugee parents to learn how to overcome their challenging experiences. The better you can do this, the more responsive you can be to your children’s needs.
We want to learn more about the useful measures and ways of attending to refugee families’ fears and worries through our study. Our objective is to focus on the well-being of parents and children at the same time.
ReScript: Treatment of trauma consequences in people who have fled from war and violence
If someone has experienced violence or their life was in danger, they can develop symptoms such as intrusive memories or nightmares. Psychotherapy can help them to feel better again and less afraid. Our study compares one form of psychotherapy with usual care to find out which treatment helps refugees more.
Frankfurt, Marburg, München, Münster
People between 18 und 65, wanting to process and cope with the stressful memories
PREPARE: A treatment offer for refugees with stressful experiences and substance use
The aim of this study is to develop a new form of therapy for refugees. This free-of-charge group therapy can help refugees who have had a traumatic experience resulting in distressing feelings. The group therapy is aimed at people who also have an increased consumption of alcohol, drugs, or medicine. During therapy sessions participants will improve their ability to deal with stressful feelings.
Berlin, Bremen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, München
Improving communication in mental health care for refugees.
In order to make the right diagnosis and to communicate the right therapy offer, it is particularly important that practitioner and patient understand each other linguistically and culturally. With this study we want to test a mobile human-to-human translation system, which is being developed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This cross-cultural translation tool will be used specifically in psychiatric care and facilitate the treatment of refugees with psychiatric illnesses.
Mannheim (More locations to follow)
Refugees between 18 and 74 who speak Arabic and have mental health issues
Culturally adapted group therapy with problem-solving training
In subproject SP2 "ReTreat", a culturally sensitive, behavioral therapy group program for Afghan and Syrian refugees, respectively, will be adapted and studied. The culturally adapted intervention (CA CBT) is an already evaluated group program for refugees, which consists of psychoeducation, meditation and yoga/stretching. It discusses issues that preoccupy and stress many refugees in their daily lives: different fears, vivid memories of the past, and dealing with current stressors.