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Do you have questions about #COVID19's impact on refugees & how you can help?

During #RefugeeWeek2020, we will host a Q&A with the 3 public health doctors who co-wrote our report #AnUnsafeDistance.

Reply below with your questions & they will respond on Jun 18 @ 1pm BST 👇 Image
Find out more about the report:…
A question from Becky (@becky_large97): How has the mental health of refugee women been affected by COVID-19, and has this impacted mental health services directed towards them?
Thanks for your question @becky_large97, Dr Amy Stevens here:
Interviewees spoke of loneliness, fear, anxiety & depression. Loss of drop-in services, face2face counselling & social contact has exacerbated existing mental health problems. Virtual support groups have been helpful for some but many can’t afford phone credit/internet data 1/
The govt. should make funding available to support the safe re-opening of outreach and drop-in services. Provision of devices/credit/data would increase access to remote support/therapy and enable social contact with friends 2/
Parents spoke of stress associated with entertaining/schooling children in lockdown as have few resources & no online access. Missing mother/toddler support groups. Also anxieties about keeping children safe esp. when unable to social distance in asylum accommodation 3/
Family welfare checks; provision of toys/books/online access; and access to nursery/school provision during lockdown could help.

More info on #mentalhealth & #COVID19 in Chapters 8 & 11:… 4/
A big thank you to everyone who submitted questions & tuned in today! 🙏

And to our expert panel: Dr Anna Ray, Dr Amy Stevens & Dr Ahimza Thirunavukarasu, who generously donated their time to this important research & today's Q&A. /1
We hope you found the Q&A interesting & insightful & encourage you to use our report #AnUnsafeDistance as a resource:

➡️ to push for change
➡️ challenge stigmatization
➡️ support everyone in the community during #COVID19

See the full report:… /2
During #RefugeeWeek2020, we will continue to discuss the findings & what must be done to protect refugees & other excluded groups in times of crisis & beyond.

If you missed the live Q&A but still have a question for the panel, please comment below & they will respond ASAP 👇 /3

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Hi, I’m @NikkiKF, a GP & NHS England’s Director of Primary Care. 👋

I can't wait to take you on my virtual @LondonMarathon! Over the next 3 days, I'll be sharing regular updates as I walk 60 miles from London to Newbury.

Keep reading to see my route! 🗺 #VLM Image
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I'm doing this walk for @DOTW_UK, a medical charity that helps refugees & other excluded groups to access healthcare.

Together, we can raise funds & awareness for this great cause!#The40thRace Image
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But their job hasn't been made easy.

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