Year: 2007 Source: International Journal of Migration, Health and Scoial Care, v.3, no.1, (July 2007), p.44-55 SIEC No: 20100176

There is very little research on the resettlement experience of Ethiopian forced migrants in London, particularly on causes of mental illness & access to mental health care. This paper reports on a pilot study consisting of interviews with an Ethiopian priest, community leaders, & Ethiopians working in the community health sector. Initial analysis suggested this group faces multiple forms of disadvantage which affect mental health. A further interesting dynamic was the relation between lack of help seeking behaviours, due to cultural expectations & norms, & lack of access & engagement with Western treatments. Perhaps most significant was concern about the increasing suicide rate among this group. Many respondents suggested a direct causal link between suicide & maladjustment in exile. (38 refs.)