Support asylum seekers living in Direct Provision to access mental health services.

Support asylum seekers living in Direct Provision to access mental health services.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Inga Amirkhanyan started this petition to people of Ireland

The burden of mental disorders experienced by asylum seekers is high due to exposure to pre-migration and post-migration stressors. Yet, they face barriers to accessing mental and psychosocial support in Ireland due to the Direct Provision (DP) system. Research has shown that asylum seekers visit mental services at a lower rate than the native population, regardless of this population's greater demand for mental health care. More residents have expressed suicidal ideation during the pandemic, and there have been even cases of suicide; hence, mental health support is urgently required for this vulnerable population.

Ireland has disregarded the needs and support demands that many asylum seekers need. Little financial provision has been made to provide targeted and specific care for severely traumatised children and adults by mental health professionals. Other barriers identified to influence refugee mental health include understanding a new health system, lack of awareness of mainstream mental health services, structural barriers such as scheduling or restrictive timing, linguistic barriers, beliefs, and perceived discrimination. 

Nasc, Abolish Direct Provision, Clear the Asylum Backlog are a few examples of campaigns that aim to spread awareness about this inhuman system and are engaging with the government to change its policy. My campaign seeks to encourage the public by spreading awareness to take action against the significant barriers preventing asylum seekers from accessing mental health services due to the DP system but also aims to create a social change that will protect and support this vulnerable population in accessing mental health services.

This is a public health and human rights issue; hence, immediate action is required, so please sign and share my petition. 

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!