Migration and Health Webinar Two: Mental health of refugees and migrants: myths and realities


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Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 12:30 – 14:00 CEST (online streaming)

On 5 September 2017, WHO/Europe will host the second in a series of webinars dedicated to addressing the timely and relevant topic of refugee and migrant health and well-being. The second webinar, entitled “Mental health of refugees and migrants: myths and realities”, will explore the myths surrounding the mental health of people on the move, showcase successful interventions and responses, and critically examine current policy options for addressing this area.

The webinar seeks to embolden audiences to take an active approach to improving the mental health and well-being of migrants and refugees. Recognizing and responding appropriately to the mental health needs of this group can pose many challenges. There are specific stressors associated with migration and resettlement, such as the traumatic journeys that are frequently endured. Differences in language and culture can make it difficult for migrants as well as health practitioners to articulate and properly identify mental health needs, which can sometimes lead to the unnecessary medicalization of normal psychological reactions to abnormal, stressful events.

The webinar will consist of a discussion with leading experts and will be live broadcast through online streaming. The webinar is open to anyone interested internationally. Online audiences will be welcome to submit questions for a live question-and-answer session with the expert panel.

About the Webinar:

Date: Tuesday, 5 September, 2017

Times: In-person audience: 12:15 – 14:00 CEST; online streaming: 12:30 – 14:00 CEST

Location: Auditorium 1, UN City, Copenhagen

Live-Stream link: see link


  • Essam Daod, Child Psychiatrist, Co-Founder and Mental Health Director, Humanity Crew
  • Precious Flint, Cultural Mediator, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Fahmy Hanna, Technical Officer, World Health Organization
  • Marjory Harper, Professor of History, University of Aberdeen
  • Guglielmo Schinina, Head of Global Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication, International Organization for Migration


The Migration and Health Webinar series is presented by the WHO Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration. The Knowledge Hub, launched in November 2016, responds to the need for a single institute devoted to international migration and public health in the WHO European Region. It aims to provide a scientific and capacity-building forum to develop and improve public policies and interventions to address the health needs of migrants and the public health implications of migration in the Region.

The 5 activities led by the Knowledge Hub comprise the webinar series, an annual summer school course, high-level policy dialogues, a knowledge library online resource and hard-talk-style summits on polarizing issues.

The webinar series is a collaborative effort under the Migration and Health Knowledge Management (MiHKMa) project, funded by the European Commission; the Ministry of Health, Italy; and the Sicilian Regional Health Authority.