Co-produced arts-based resilience building workshops to support the mental health of adult asylum seekers in Home Office accommodation across SE & SW England who are often isolated, marginalised & experiencing poor mental health. This includes assessing the workshops' impact through making a film.
Asylum seekers are five times more likely to have mental health needs than the general population, such as depression & anxiety, & less likely to receive support. Over 61% will experience severe mental distress. Increased vulnerability is linked to pre-migration experiences such as war trauma, & post-migration conditions such as separation from family, poor housing & difficulties with asylum procedures. (www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/statistics/refugees-asylum-seekers-statistics)
Our project will support the mental health of asylum seekers living in temporary Home Office accommodation through culturally-relevant arts-based psychosocial support in 3 sites. Planning, delivery & content of our work is co-produced with refugees. We will assess the impact of this work through the collaborative making of a film, weaving together stop-frame animation with individuals' voices in their chosen language, demonstrating and highlighting the impact of our project to a wide audience.