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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

The Mental Health of Asylum Seekers and Refugees


The College Lead on the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers and Refugees is Professor Cornelius Katona.

Professor Katona plays a key role in ensuring that the mental health needs of asylum seekers of all ages are provided to the highest attainable standard, and aims:

  1. To identify current inadequacies in the provision of mental health services to asylum seekers of all ages and devise a three-year strategy to address them.

  2. To represent the College internally and externally as an authority on all areas relating to the mental health of asylum seekers of all ages.

  3. To assist the College in developing and delivering training programmes relating to assessing and promoting the mental health needs of asylum seekers of all ages.

  4. To investigate the use of restraint in asylum and detention centres and transportation issues.

Professor Katona assembled a working group to tackle these issues.

The working group has produced:

  • College guidance on the treatability of mental illness in immigration detention.

  • College guidance for psychiatrists who are requested to prepare medical reports on the mental health of persons seeking asylum, in immigration detention, and/or facing removal from the UK. Legal representatives, policy and decision makers and judges may also find some aspects to be of interest.

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