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PALOMA training provides information on supporting refugees’ mental health

PALOMA training provides students and people meeting refugees as part of their work with practical information on the mental health and wellbeing of refugees. The training comprises 16 videos and a task package. In the videos, experts describe phenomena related to refugeeism.

The training is intended for professionals, students and volunteers. The training material is provided free of charge and it can be freely used by education institutions and other organisations. The training provides the basic knowledge required for meeting customers with a refugee background.

The training is based on the PALOMA handbook (PALOMA käsikirja) published by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in 2018. The training package was jointly produced in the project for developing national mental health policies for refugees (PALOMA) coordinated by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Sylvia project coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The purpose of the Sylvia project is to support the reception of refugees in municipalities by for example providing more information on reception and immigrant integration. Funding for the projects comes from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

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