Yousef Hammad, a refugee from Palestine, recently completed a placement with Mental Health Europe in Brussels (his second as a Tandem Volunteer!). His story of arriving to Europe formed the basis of their recent publication in the Huffington Post.

Working with Yousef gave the Mental Health Europe staff the opportunity to hear first-hand what kind of support – psychosocial and otherwise – refugees need. One of the most important: having hope for the future. Yousef is waiting for his wife to join him here in Europe, but in the meantime, he remains optimistic and excited for their new life in Belgium. He is enrolled in French-language courses, actively volunteering, and taking freelance positions in journalism.

Mental Health Europe (MHE) is the largest European organisation committed to the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)users of mental health services and persons with psychosocial disabilities. MHE works extensively on the issue of migration and mental health and developed concrete recommendations on how Europe can invest in psychosocial support for migrants and refugees HERE.

Read MHE’s article in the Huffington Post HERE.