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Mental Health of Unaccompanied Refugee Children

As part of global tendencies, millions of refugees, which include underage children and adolescents, are undertaking high-risk journeys in order to flee from poverty, violence, war, persecution, and other adverse circumstances. Due to the experiences in their home countries, the grueling journey, being locked in facilities once reaching the U.S., and the general state of being separated from family, many of these unaccompanied refugee children are at an increased risk for psychiatric disorders and have a higher prevalence of mental health disorders, even when compared to peers accompanied by family (Khan et al., 2020).

Refugee children experience trauma resulting from war and political violence in their countries of origin prior to migration, as well as during flight or in refugee camps. These multiple stressors include direct exposure to wartime violence and combat experience, displacement and loss of home, malnutrition, separation from caregivers, detention and torture and a multitude of other traumatic circumstances affecting the children’s health, mental health and general well-being.

The mission of the Office of Refugee Resettlement is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

Medical help to refugee children with mental health disorders needs identification of the variety of diseases among the patients. Gathering statistical information can help engage specialists proportionally to the number of disorders. Professionals from various branches have to be involved for a better differential diagnosis and finding of comorbidity. Developing guidelines to provide a unique stratum of society with psychiatric and psychological help including outdoor activities, and cooperation with age mates can improve the outcomes of medical care. Full-scale medical help can shorten the period of treatment and help patients get used to a new environment. After treatment, it is also essential to appoint meetings with psychologists every month preventing relapses. An important assessment of the results is conducting examinations to gather statistical data on the outcomes. From a long-term perspective, such patients should be protected by law from deportation and discrimination. Such laws as DACA should stay in the United States as it brings safety and protection to individuals moving to the US in childhood. Such laws and programs also prevent and reduce the level of psychological distress among foreigners (Venkataramani et al., 2017).

Factors influencing the feasibility and development of the program can be divided into two groups: internal and external. Internal factors are a lack of medical care workers and some hidden mental health disorders that do not temporally show symptoms. The lack of resources and facilities to provide help to children in the future and patients’ compliance can interfere with assessing the final results of the program. External factors are financial difficulties, shortage of government support, and poor cooperation between agencies and organizations about patients’ health and treatment.

The financial impact is planned to be used on the organization of medical examinations, coherent relations between agencies providing medical services, and additional programs of the Office of Refugee Resettlement providing refugees with extra medical help. Expenses on refugee children might seem broad scale; however, the beneficiaries of preventing and curing mental health disorders among these patients can lead to greater outcomes in the future. By investing in psychological health, the US government can reduce expenses on later treatment of such children that can be more expensive several years later. Moreover, it includes maintenance, supply, and drug cure which is not profitable for the economy. A more positive result can bring a decent condition for refugee children, their stable mental health, and intention to get an education and work providing benefits to the society.

Additional resources needed for the project are stuffing, equipment, and technologies. A number of specialists needed for better diagnosing disorders is essential for examinations. Psychiatrists, psychologists are major specialists in treating mental diseases. Therapists can provide an early diagnosis of comorbid pathologies reducing treatment costs in the future. Therapists can also help with differential diagnosing preventing medical errors and misdiagnosing. Nurses and healthcare organization workers can simplify the work of the physicians and evaluate statistical data. Volunteers can engage children in games and other activities. Examination materials, psychiatric tests, and figures have to be used as equipment during treatment. To implement various tests and quizzes, the project will need computers and projectors to interact with children and allow them to perceive information variously.

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