Webinar Transcript Access to Mental Health Services

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Access to Mental Health Services for Refugees and Other Vulnerable Immigrants in the U.S.: Overcoming Barriers and Strengthening Enabling Factors

This webinar was presented by Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD; Director, Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry, George Washington University; Humanitarian protection adviser.

This webinar shares the findings of an original literature review on the topic of refugee access to mental health services, highlighting practical takeaways for service providers. An accompanying information guide can be found here.

By the end of this 60-minute session, you will be able to:

  • Summarize what the research says about barriers and enablers to refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants engaging with mental health care;
  • Describe four types of barriers to accessing mental health care that may exist in your community; and
  • Name three promising practices to support refugees in engaging with mental health care.


Navigate this webinar with the timestamps listed below: 

0:00 – Introduction to Switchboard

2:02 – Introduction to Speaker and Objectives

12:14 – Individual-level Barriers and Enablers

20:10 – Community-level Barriers and Enablers

31:30 – Health Systems-level Barriers and Enablers

42:05 – Policy-Level Barriers and Enablers

46:57 – Recommended Resources and Questions