ECAP editorial calls for more European support and research

“Child refugees and unaccompanied minors require far greater attention”

“Refugees are at high risk of mental health problems, many of which arise as a consequence of their living conditions in the hosting countries. (..) Child refugees and unaccompanied minors are very sizable vulnerable groups which require far greater attention in terms of service provision and also investigation to identify the most effective treatment models.”

Matthew HodesThis comment is given by Matthew Hodes et al. in their editorial for the upcoming ECAP special issue on Mental health issues in refugees, soon to be published. The editorial – now available online – provides an overview of the post 2015 immigration crisis in key European countries with a special focus on current demographics, refugee children, mental health studies, policies and practical support available for refugees. The authors assume that the development of better services and research into effective treatment will require resourcing, but “it is expected that over time the improved mental health and effective social integration of refugees will result in huge benefits for the refugees themselves and also for the host communities.”

European network
The authors would assign a crucial role for ESCAP (the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), and other academic institutions, and European Universities in the development of a European network, to promote and facilitate research focusing on the needs of the current arrival of refugee children and families. These investigations should be aimed at the support of intervention programmes as well as preventive actions for refugee families raising infants, children and adolescents.

European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry (ECAP) is the official ESCAP journal.
View the ESCAP pages on young refugees.