Challenges and Opportunities for Uyghur Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programming

Mental health and psychosocial support for Uyghurs living abroad need to be acknowledged as an important component of the humanitarian response. To formulate appropriate interventions for promoting mental health, a comprehensive understanding of identified problems is needed. However, several challenges − including language barriers, community perceptions of mental health, and mental health services − must be addressed. In this field report, we draw from our experiences of the Uyghur diaspora in relation to mental health to present the challenges which need to be addressed.

Six month evaluation of Mental Health, Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) hotline of Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Afghanistan

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) hotline in Afghanistan using quantitative and qualitative data. Results showed that the hotline was effective in providing accessible MHPSS interventions to women who have access to a mobile phone. Overall, 82.4% of the callers were women, and the main themes on the calls were related to gender-based violence or social difficulties. Another common topic was family conflicts and substance use.

A Refugee and Immigrant Peer Support Program in the United States

This field report describes the development and implementation of a curriculum for peer psychosocial support (PSS) for refugees and immigrants in the United States. From 2017 to 2019, we piloted an adapted PSS multistakeholder-approved peer curriculum to assess its relevance in several refugee groups. The program certified 106 peer support specialists from backgrounds representing 35 countries and more than 38 languages.

Morale and Moral Injury among Russian and Ukrainian Combatants

This chapter explores morale and moral injury in the Russia-Ukraine War, emphasising the role of narratives. Ukrainians have been engaged in a fierce struggle for their very existence, while the morale-boosting narratives among Russian forces have faced serious challenges. Yet, the involvement of NATO countries possibly reinforced an ‘us against the rest’ mentality in Russian troops. Also, on the battlefield, unique dynamics shape morale, with the willingness to sacrifice for comrades being paramount for combat readiness.


Internet- and mobile-based psychological interventions for post-traumatic stress symptoms in youth : a systematic review and meta-analysis

Psychological interventions can help reduce posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in youth, but many do not seek help. Internet- and mobile-based interventions (IMIs) show promise in expanding treatment options. However, the overall evidence on IMIs in reducing PTSS among youth remains unclear.


“A crossroads generation.” : Great-grandchildren of Holocaust survivors' perspectives on the impact of the genocide on family functioning

As a cultural trauma, the Holocaust exerted negative psychological effects on many survivors, with such effects often extending to their families. Research has explored these effects with respect to the survivors' children and grandchildren, but the experiences of the next generation have yet to be canvassed.


Maternal Trauma and Psychopathology Symptoms Affect Refugee Children’s Mental Health But Not Their Emotion Processing

Refugee children’s development may be affected by their parents’ war-related trauma exposure and psychopathology symptoms across a range of cognitive and affective domains, but the processes involved in this transmission are poorly understood. Here, we investigated the impact of refugee mothers’ trauma exposure and mental health on their children’s mental health and attention biases to emotional expressions.

How is trauma-focused therapy experienced by adults with PTSD? : A systematic review of qualitative studies

Trauma-focused therapies (TFTs) are first-line treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, TFTs are under-utilised, partly due to clinicians’ and patients' fear that TFT is too challenging or harmful. We review the qualitative studies on how adults with PTSD experience TFTs to enhance the understanding of user perspectives, therapeutic processes, and outcomes.

Assessing adverse childhood experiences in young refugees : a systematic review of available questionnaires

Today, various questionnaires are available to assess Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in children; however, it is uncertain if these questionnaires are comprehensive in addressing adversities of vulnerable subgroups, specifically refugee children. This review’s objectives are to (1) identify current ACE questionnaires and determine if they are suitable in assessing refugee children’s adversities, and (2) identify those previously used within a refugee population.


The deepest wounds are the immeasurable ones : The scars of the Amsterdam Sexual Abuse Case.

The Amsterdam Sexual Abuse Case came to light at the end of 2010, in which a male daycare worker sexually abused dozens of children at a preverbal age. Additionally, he created pornographic imagery of the abuse and disseminated it widely. This situation was unprecedented due to the magnitude of the case, the extremely young age of the children, his role as a daycare employee, the high burden of proof, the detailed information on the sexual abuse, and the existence of pornographic material.