Psychosocial Innovation Network, in collaboration with World Health Organization office in Serbia, an support from Open Society Foundation, started a cycle of trainings Introduction to Guidance for protection and improvement of mental health of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Serbia. The training’s goal is learning about the established standards and importance of mental health protectio. The representatives of Commissariat for refugees, psychologist working in accommodation facilities, social workers and NGO representatives participated in the first round of trainings. The additional trainings will be held in Belgrade and Niš during February and March.
PIN has successfully started educations for health professionals on providing culturally sensitive care and stress prevention, burnout and secondary traumatisation in providers, with the support of European Union to Republic of Serbia. Project is being implemented by UNDP, WHO, IOM and UNOPS. Education program has been developed and implemented by WHO and PIN.
Here you can read more about the first in series of educations, that was provided at Community health centre of Vranje.
In 2019, PIN continues to advocate for a better quality of life for people with diabetes. For that purpose, our psychologist was a guest at Studio B television in “Vodič kroz dijabetes” (a guide to diabetes) show. In the 16th minute of the video you can see a brief first part of this conversation.
PIN, with the support of UNHCR Serbia, organised a panel discussion about mental health and psychological well-being of refugees.
On this occasion, we discussed refugees’ mental health and the importance of ensuring unique standards in the provision of services and coordination mechanisms. Also, we presented PIN’s research results and discussed the two-way relation between mental health care and successful integration of refugees, as well as the importance of multisector collaboration for the improvement of refugees’ mental health.
Speakers at the panel were:
– Dr Periša Simonović, Assistant Director for Health Care Organization, The Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut“,
– Ivan Živanov, Migration Health Coordinator, WHO,
– Hans Friedrich Schodder, UNHCR Representative in Serbia,
– Milenko Nikić, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs,
– Danijela Nedić, Commissariat for Refugees of the Republic of Serbia,
– Tamara Berberović, International Organization for Migration,
– Nikola Kovačević, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights,
– Dr Jovana Bjekić, PIN and Institute for Medical Research,
– Dr Maša Vukčević Marković, PIN’s director.
This event, together with publication on refugees’ mental health is part of the project that PIN implements with the support of UNHCR Serbia. You can read and download publication from this year here.
We wish to thank our colleagues that attended the event in such a great number!