The webinar will bridge research and practice by discussing both academic concepts and practical implications of social connections, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) as fundamental elements of dynamic integration.
With three experts, we will discuss the role of mental well-being and social cohesion for the integration of arriving and receiving communities, moving beyond the overstretched trauma and vulnerability framework and providing concepts and insights to support a community-development approach:
- How can the basic concept of bonds, bridges and links be built in everyday integration practice?
- What are the practical implications of these and other overarching concepts, such as empowerment, social connections or xenophobia, for integration work?
- How can these ideas contribute to activating both arriving and receiving communities?
Dean Ajduković, University of Zagreb
Guglielmo Schininà, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Alison Strang, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Martha Bird, IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support / FOCUS
Anouk Boschma, IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support / FOCUS
Michelle Engels, IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support / FOCUS