Mind-Spring is a 7 week course which supports refugees and asylum seekers with their mental health and wellbeing. In a group setting and in the participants' mother-tongue, the Mind-Spring trainer raises topics such a coping with loss, trauma, identity and a new future, which is then discussed.
Low mental health, isolation, boredom and loneliness is the experience of many refugees and asylum seekers. Some arrive in the UK suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, processing the loss of family, friends, and a life they left behind. It is challenging to access the mental health support need due to long waiting lists for mental health provision, and there are very few programmes that address mental health directly. Mind-Spring at Oasis is the first of its kind in the UK.
In Mind-Spring, participants discuss topics in their native language thereby removing any language barrier; in doing so they benefit from articulating their lived experience which provides renewed insight to their situation. The programme helps refugees and asylum seekers to realise they are not alone in the challenges they face and we have recognised a noticeable improvement in graduates of the programme, with benefits to participants' sleep, overall mood and energy.