Press release on asylum seekers

Brussels, 21 September 2015

Meeting in Brussels today, GAMIAN-Europe, the organisation of people with mental health problems, has called on governments, the Commission and the parliaments of the European Union to provide for the mental health needs of asylum seekers, the communities receiving them and the communities from which they came and where many more people are enduring intolerable deprivation, victimization and the consequences of war, terrorism and the criminal activities of people smugglers. GAMIAN-Europe reminds decision makers that the worst mental health consequences of this situation may become apparent sometime after the news coverage of their plight and so provision of services and support must be both immediate and long term. —ends—-

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