06.11.15 ID-100271232- The European Psychiatric Association (EPA) is strongly concerned by the impact of the current refugee migration crisis on mental health care in Europe, as recent developments have made the situation particularly challenging for the healthcare systems in the different EU Member States. As for mental health in particular, most services have been coping with an increasing demand related to psychiatric illnesses, limited healthcare resources, decreasing numbers of trained specialists and new legal requirements.

Within this context, EPA has sent the European Commission and its National Societies/Associations a Position statement on Psychiatric Care of Refugees in Europe, aiming to increase attention to the importance of appropriate and timely provision of mental health care to refugees and migrants in Europe.

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