The Central Mediterranean route is the path that many people take in pursuit of a new life. Libya is the main transit point for refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe by sea, but thousands of migrants are held in Libyan detention centers before ever reaching the coasts of Lampedusa, the southernmost island of Italy.
Recent data has shown that upon arrival, migrants and refugees face significantly higher risks of serious mental health problems. Furthermore, those in need of psychological assistance are severely neglected at reception centers which are underfunded and ill equipped to handle their needs. Mental health and psychosocial support is not a one-size-fits-all approach and appropriate strategies differ from one population to another.
This project aims to highlight the recent data behind migrant trauma and explore available methods to address the gap between psychosocial needs and accessibility. I focus on three elements: approaching ambiguous loss, building Psychological First Aid, and dismantling barriers to professional care.