Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in integration: Beyond the trauma framework
Jun 21, 2021 3:05 PM - 4:00 PM
Discussion with the audience
Jun 21, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Dr Alison Strang (BA, PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development. She is also a member of the Institute of Global Health and Development Research Centre.
Alison’s research concerns the mental health and wellbeing of those affected by conflict and disaster. She developed the ‘Indicators of Integration’ framework (Ager & Strang, 2008) and co-authored the UK Home Office updated version in 2019. Her research, in both humanitarian and resettlement contexts, seeks out grassroots perspectives and experiences to support communities, practitioners and policy makers. Recent research has addressed refugee mental health and social isolation, including in the context of COVID pandemic restrictions; social capital and the mapping of social connections; and new refugees’ integration pathways. Alison led the development and roll out of the Scottish Government, local government and Scottish Refugee Council led national strategy: ‘New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities’, until 2018. She is the co-founder of the ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network’ a global platform to improve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in emergencies and situations of adversity by improving access to people, resources and knowledge (www.mhpss.net