How Do You Stay Sane? Creating Spaces for Refugee Mental Health
Refugee communities are hardworking, resilient populations facing a steep challenge of restarting their lives in a new community, with little means at their disposal, while simultaneously facing deep structural barriers. We aim to uncover the perceptions and approaches among refugee populations about maintaining mental well-being and/or dealing with common mental problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We aim to understand how refugee populations (a) stay sane and look for help to foster their and their families’ mental health, (b) how they balance the tension (if any) between maintaining their cultural or traditional ways of managing their mental health, and any western medicine approaches accessible to them, and (c) how they use technology (if any) in finding or applying workarounds to maintain their mental health. We will conduct 16-20 semi-structured interviews with participants of active working age (18-55 years) and will analyze the resulting data with Situational Analysis, an updated version of grounded theory. Our long-term goal in this project is to create spaces for refugee mental health to thrive.