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The College Lead on the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers and
Refugees is Professor Cornelius Katona.
Professor Katona plays a key role in ensuring that the mental
health needs of asylum seekers of all ages are provided to the
highest attainable standard, and aims:
To identify current inadequacies in the provision of mental
health services to asylum seekers of all ages and devise a
three-year strategy to address them.
To represent the College internally and externally as an
authority on all areas relating to the mental health of asylum
seekers of all ages.
To assist the College in developing and delivering training
programmes relating to assessing and promoting the mental health
needs of asylum seekers of all ages.
To investigate the use of restraint in asylum and detention
centres and transportation issues.
Professor Katona assembled a working group to tackle these
The working group has produced:
College guidance on the treatability of mental illness in
College guidance for psychiatrists who are requested to prepare
medical reports on the mental health of persons seeking asylum, in
immigration detention, and/or facing removal from the UK. Legal
representatives, policy and decision makers and judges may also
find some aspects to be of interest.
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