The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the British Red Cross London Refugee and International Tracing Service (LRITS) is working in partnership on a project to support vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers who may have mental health needs.
Under the partnership, two therapists from the Trust are currently based in the Red Cross LRITS office in Islington, working with refugee service users who otherwise might not have access to mental health support. They are also offering consultation and advice to Red Cross staff and volunteers so that they can recognise signs of mental health issues while working with their clients.
A symbolic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) takes place at an event on 21 June 2012 in London. The MoU signing will be attended by key policy makers, staff from both organisations and the press, helping to raise the profile of the partnership and the work of both organisations.
As a leading provider of mental health training and clinical services for all those dealing with mental health difficulties, the Tavistock and Portman is proud to be associated with this partnership to help a group of people who would not normally have access to mental health support through the NHS.