Improving access to quality mental healthcare for those left behind

Inequality of opportunity: Access to quality mental health and psychosocial support in situations of shock and chronic adversity

Project or report lab
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
17:00 to 18:15

The latest UN Global Appeal cites the number of refugees and internally displaced persons at 71.4 million. An estimated 10 % suffer from trauma and many more from loss, uncertainty and chronic adversity. Exposure to trauma and chronic adversity impacts individuals, families and communities. People who need a high level mental health and psychosocial support are frequently left behind in situations of shock, without access to quality services and support. The intersection of multiple risk factors compounds vulnerability, impacting an individual's cognitive functionality and the ability to engage in relationships, livelihood and education. In the pledge of leaving no one behind and reaching the most marginalised, what can be done to enable them to access and benefit from quality services?

Organised by


Sarah Davidson
Head of Psychosocial
British Red Cross
Marie Høgh Thøgersen
Clinical Psychologist, Reseracher and Head of Danish Trauma and Refugee Database
Danish Institute Against Torture
Arz Stephan
Regional MENA Child Protection Technical Advisor
Save the Children Denmark
Ahlem Cheffi
Psychosocial technical advisor
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Fatimah El Jamil
Clinical Assistant Professor
American University of Beirut