#WorldRefugeeDay preventative interventions for vulnerable groups of women
Refugee women are particularly vulnerable to maternal #mentalillness
Psychological trauma, associated with political conflict, displacement, violence, loss of loved ones, torture, rape, dispossession and poverty contribute to poorer general maternal health.
The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) has, in its 8 years of experience, found that refugee status is a key factor contributing to mental illness in pregnant women.
The long‐term negative consequences of maternal mental illness require urgent attention.
Discrimination and xenophobia can further exacerbate existing traumas and mental anguish. Cultural norms surrounding pregnancy and the lack of family and other support structures at this vulnerable time contributes to social isolation, exclusion and psychological distress.