Refugee Mental Health

The mental health of refugees and asylum seekers has been my main research and clinical focus for the last decade. I have conducted work on the epidemiology of mental health problems and the risk and protective factors for mental health problems in this population. In addition, I have been involved in a school-based mental health service for refugee and asylum seeking children, working clinically and in a supervisory capacity as well as conducting an evaluation of the service.

We have made a 6 part podcast series to help anyone working with refugee children understand their mental health needs.

The focus of my previous NIHR post-doctoral fellowship was on developing school-based mental health services for refugee and asylum seeking children.

Relevant publications

  1. R Blackmore, J Boyle, M Fazel, S Ranasinha, KM Gray, G Fitzgerald, M Misso, M Gibson-Helm. The Prevalence of Mental Illness in Child and Adolescent Refugees and Asylum Seekers: a systematic review and meta-analysis J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2019  abstract
  2. M Fazel, H Stratford, C Chen, H Griffiths, E Rowsell, K Robjant. Five applications of Narrative Exposure Therapy for children and adolescents presenting with post-traumatic stress disorders. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2020; 11:19 article
  3. D Horwood, J Baker, M Fazel, S Rees, L Heslop, D Silove. School Factors Related to the Emotional Wellbeing And Resettlement Outcomes of Students From Refugee Backgrounds: Protocol For A Systematic Review. Systematic Reviews 2019;8:107 article; pdf
  4. M Fazel. Refugees and the post-migration environment. BMC Medicine 2018 16:164 article
  5. B Kohrt, L Asher, A Bhardwaj, M Fazel, M Jordans, B Mutamba, A Nadkarni, G Pedersen, D Singla, V Patel. The role of communities in metal health care in low- and middle-income countries: a meta-review of components and competencies International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2018;15:1279 articlepdf
  6. T Betancourt, M Fazel. Advancing an Implementation Science Agenda on Mental Health and Psychosocial Responses in War-Affected Settings: Comment on Trials of a Psychosocial Intervention for Youth Affected by the Syrian Crisis J Child Psychol Psychiatry; 2018:59(5):542-544 articlepdf
  7. A Sim, M Fazel, L Bowes, F Gardiner. Pathways linking war and displacement to parenting and child adjustment: A qualitative study with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Soc Sci Med 2018; 200: 19-26 article; pdf
  8. M Fazel, T Betancourt. Preventive Mental Health Interventions for Refugee Children in High-Income Settings: a narrative review. Lancet Child and Adolescent Health 2018;2(2):121-132 article; pdf
  9. M Fazel. Psychological and psychosocial interventions for refugee children resettled in high-income countries. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Services 2018; 27(2):117-123 article; pdf
  10. R. Tyrer, M Fazel. School and community-based interventions for refugee and asylum seeking children: A Systematic Review PLoS ONE 9(2):e89359. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089359  articlepdffigure
  11. R Reed, M Fazel and L Goldring. Easily missed? Post-traumatic stress disorder. Practice Article, BMJ 2012;344:e3790 article; pdf
  12.  R. Reed, M. Fazel, L. Jones, C. Panter-Brick, A. Stein. Mental health of displaced and refugee children resettled in low and middle-income countries: risk and protective factors The Lancet 2011 379(9812):250-265  abstract; pdf
  13. M. Fazel, R. Reed, C. Panter-Brick, A. Stein. Mental health of displaced and refugee children resettled in high-income countries: risk and protective factors The Lancet 2011 379(9812):266-282  abstract; pdf
  14. K. Robjant, M. Fazel. The Emerging Evidence for Narrative Exposure Therapy  Clinical Psychology Review 2010;30:1030-39  article; pdf
  15. M Fazel, H Doll, A Stein. A school-based mental health intervention for refugee  children: an exploratory study Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2009, 14(2): 297-  309  abstract; pdf
  16. M Fazel, D Silove. Detention of Refugees in the UK British Medical Journal 2006;332:251-252  editorial; pdf
  17. J Jancovic Gavrilovic, M Schutzwohl, M. Fazel, S. Priebe. Who seeks treatment after a traumatic event and who does not? A review of findings on mental health service utilization  Journal of Traumatic Stress 2005;18:595-606  abstract; pdf
  18. M. Fazel, J. Wheeler, J. Danesh. Prevalence of serious mental disorder in 7000 refugees resettled in western countries: a systematic review The Lancet 2005;365:1309-14  article; pdf
  19. M. Fazel, A Stein. UK immigration law disregards best interests of children The Lancet 2004;363:1749-50  commentary; pdf
  20. M. Fazel, A. Stein. The mental health of refugee children: comparative study British Medical Journal 2003;327:134 article; pdf
  21. M. Fazel, A. Stein. The Mental Health of Refugee Children Archives of Disease in Childhood 2002;87:366‑70  abstract; pdf


The scars of modern slavery: trafficked people with severe mental illness: 19 Oct 2015 Mental Elf. Read here


  1. Chapter 44 in Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  2015. M Fazel, R Reed, A Stein. Refugee, asylum-seeking and internally-displaced children and adolescents
  2. Ch 6: Safeguarding the mental health needs of separated children. R Reed and M Fazel in Safeguarding Children from Abroad: Refugee, Trafficked and Migrant Children in the UK. Eds: E Kelly, F Bokhari. Jesscia Kingsley, London 2012  book info


  1. HPA and DH: Understanding the health needs of migrants in the South East region: a report by the South East Migrant Health Study Group on behalf of the Department of Health. October 2010. Health Protection Agency Involved in writing Chapter 5: Mental health needs of migrants in the South East region  pdf
  2.  Y. Schibel, M. Fazel, R. Robb, P. Garner. “Refugee integration: Can research synthesis inform policy? Feasibility study report” RDS On-line Report 13/02. ( 2002 Research Development and Statistics Directorate, Home Office  pdf

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20 02 2014
Work information | Mina Fazel

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