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Refugee Emergency: DEFining and Implementing Novel Evidence-based psychosocial interventions (RE-DEFINE)

Refugee Emergency: DEFining and Implementing Novel Evidence-based psychosocial interventions (RE-DEFINE).

RE-DEFINE is a scientific research financed by European Commission that aims to test the effectiveness of an innovative psychological intervention for preventing the onset of mental disorders in refugees and asylum seeker with psychological distress resettled in middle-income and high-income countries.

RE-DEFINE aims to test the effectiveness of an innovative psychological intervention for preventing the onset of mental disorders in refugees and asylum seekers with psychological distress resettled in middle-income and high-income countries. RE-DEFINE is particularly relevant for the refugee crisis in Europe and in bordering countries (i.e., Turkey), as the progressive increase in refugees seeking asylum poses a significant challenge to the health systems’ capacity to adequately respond to the health needs of this population. The project focuses on adaptation, testing, and implementation of Self Help Plus (SH+), a novel trans-diagnostic self-help preventive psychosocial intervention specifically developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to respond to humanitarian crises. The intervention will be delivered by non-specialists to groups of up to 30 participants at a time. The cost-effectiveness of SH+ will be tested in two large, multicentre, pragmatic randomised controlled trials. One study will be conducted in Italy, Germany, Finland, Austria, and in two UK sites (high-income countries), and a second study will be conducted in Turkey (middle-income country).

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Professor Corrado Barbui, Università Degli Studi di Verona

Professor Pim Cuijpers, Stichting VU Amsterdam

Professor Zeynep Ceren Acartürk, Istanbul Sehir University