Paul Sterk

Consultancy, trainingen en advies








Through Mind-Spring, the special needs of vulnerable people among refugees and asylum seekers are identified and addressed at the same time: the existing barrier for asylum seekers and refugees to talk about and seek help for mental health problems is partially overcome and western mental health service providers are better equipped to respond to mental healthcare needs of the asylum seekers and refugees. Furthermore, emphasis is put on improvement of the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers and improvement of national capacities by reaching out to all actors involved, corresponding to the Green paper.

The methodology is shared with partners in Belgium, Danmark, Burundi and Sierra Leone who are all working with refugees and asylum seekers.

In the Mind-Spring intervention, a good practice from the Netherlands, the special needs of vulnerable people among refugees and asylum seekers are addressed. The intervention is unique in its methodology, which has been developed over the past 7 years and implemented country wide in the Netherlands. However, Mind-Spring is built on the Dutch situation and demand to bridge the gap between vulnerable groups among refugees and asylum seekers and mental healthcare and to match with local needs it will need adjustment to the other European settings. Therefore it will include an important transnational dimension. The overall aim is to improve mental health and social, economical and cultural integration of asylum seekers and refugees, and by disseminating the Mind-Spring methodology.

Activities Besides the trainings provided to head-trainers, Mind-Spring trainers, co-trainers, intermediaries and eventually also beneficiaries, an important part of the project activities will be related to adaptation and dissemination of the Mind-Spring methodology (manual, readers and trainings) before the program is implemented in a new country or situation.