Delving into the realm of refugees and their mental health services in Worcester, Massachusetts: Exploring the limits of access and barriers

Title: Delving into the realm of refugees and their mental health services in Worcester, Massachusetts: Exploring the limits of access and barriers

Author: Shrestha, Chandani

Date: May 2015

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

This paper examines the gaps that exist in the accessibility and use of mental health services for refugees in Worcester, Massachusetts by using a combination of oral narratives, informal interviews and secondary data. The author identifies a number of reasons that mental health services are underutilized by refugees including a lack of resources and knowledge, inadequate transportation, a limited number of culturally sensitive service providers and interpreters, language barriers and stigma. The paper concludes by highlighting the important role resettlement agencies and health care providers can play in facilitating access to mental health services for refugees in Worcester.

Keywords: refugee, mental health, health services

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder/ B. J. Perkins

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