Refugee youth voices on mental health
Adolescence and early years of adulthood are a time of great changes, opportunities and challenges; young people are often faced with biological and psychosocial changes that accompany transition to adulthood. For many, leaving home, changing schools, going to university and starting a job can be daunting experiences that come with a lot of stress.
For refugee youth, the traumatic experiences of fleeing their countries, go through different kinds of violence, seeing their parents traumatized, vulnerable and struggling to adjust to a new environment in exile can be an overwhelming experience that makes an already challenging stage even more difficult.
Refugee Law Project empowers young refugees through support groups as a way of enabling them to build the social support network they need to enhance their mental and psychosocial resilience to cope with and overcome their distress in exile.
This article presents the views of young refugees; members of the Rendezvous - a refugee youth support group at RLP, on the subject of mental health and young people.