The recent immigration peak has posed a challenge to Sweden. In 2015, nearly 163,000 people applied for asylum in Sweden. Many of the asylum seekers who came to Sweden have experienced trauma, torture and separation, insecurity and uncertainty, as well as the length of the asylum process. This can all have a negative impact on health, anxiety and post-traumatic stress are more common than in the general population.
The Communication Officer Charlotta Jernström of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), states that in June 2016, the government granted an application from SALAR to distribute results and methods nationally to achieve a positive health development among asylum seekers and new arrivals.
The objective of the effort has been to improve the immigration process (in terms of health care). To increase mental health and to reduce suffering among asylum seekers and newly arrived. To carry out this initiative, SALAR formulated the programme “Health in Sweden”. The focus of the programme has been to carry out a national training initiative to increase knowledge among healthcare staff to provide better interaction, support and care to asylum seekers and newly-arrived immigrants with a risk of or signs of mental illness.
For more information regarding this initiative , click on the link below to watch the video.