Help-seeking for mental health services in Australia among Afghan women with refugee backgrounds

Clemence Due, R Burford-Rice, Martha Augoustinos, Linley Denson

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Afghan women with refugee backgrounds may be at particular risk of psychological distress due to their experiences seeking asylum, including sexual violence, rape, unwanted pregnancies, harassment, health issues and separation from children and loved ones. However, despite the known high levels of psychological distress, Afghan women are under-represented in the utilisation of mental health services in Australia. This study aims to investigate the barriers to help-seeking that women face within the Afghan community in Australia. Furthermore, this research will examine how women conceptualise mental health, and whether this influences help-seeking behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36
Number of pages1
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Issue numberIssue suppl_1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 May 201819 May 2018


  • Mental health services
  • Afghan women
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers


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