54 / 2021
Duška Knežević Hočevar, Sanja Cukut Krilić

Mental Health and Migration: The Applicability of the Mental Health First Aid Program

This article reviews the establishment of a mental health literacy program – Mental Health First Aid – and its introduction among ethnic minorities and migrants. The text focuses on the program adaptations toward culturally more sensitive content and approaches. Based on the evaluation of the program by its users, the article summarizes their suggestions for further adaptations to their “cultural needs.” In line with the evaluations, the article discusses the shift from considering “only” the cultural dimensions of mental health toward reflecting structural vulnerabilities that affect lived experiences of migrants, including the contestable use of the literacy concept itself.
KEYWORDS: migration, mental health, mental health literacy, Mental Health First Aid, cultural dimension

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