Asylum Seekers and Refugees Mental Health Team

The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Mental Health team aims to:

  • Provide fair access to services and social inclusion, ensuring access to the appropriate health services
  • Anticipate and prevent health crises in Asylum Seekers and Refugees where possible
  • Adopt a health promotion philosophy to prevent deterioration
  • Provide consistent advice regarding the health needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in line with current legislation.

The team is available to offer guidance to clinicians working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees and to help to ensure the client receives healthcare within our existing services. We are also involved in the delivery of training sessions to assist other staff and agencies in meeting the needs of the client group.

In addition to an initial assessment the team provides intervention to improve mental well being and prevent deterioration, and assists clients in accessing other mental health specialists such as psychiatrists and psychotherapists.

95% of the work carried out by the team is performed by interpreters, either via telephone or face to face, depending on the clients' choice.

Referral routes to the Mental Health team is usually via the GP. However, referral can follow Health Screening or be received from other organisations working with this client group.

Health Screening Clinic

This involves a discussion regarding general health needs including blood pressure, measuring height and weight, arranging a chest x-ray and advice regarding registering with a GP in Plymouth. This is also an opportunity to assess someone who may need referring to the Mental Health team.


Service Lead: Celia Edwards

Tel: (01752) 434753

09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday

Out of Hours: Mental Health Matters
Tel: 0300 330 5476 (callers charged at local rates)