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The Athena Network: psychological and psychosocial support for immigrants in situations of trauma.
The Anenea Network is a social support network in the area of health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing trauma related to the migratory process. There are increasing numbers of immigrants that experience migration-related trauma, and there is a deficit in social support for these individuals. The Athena Network is defined by 4 characteristics:
1. The Anenea Network seeks to provide psychological and psychosocial support to immigrants in the areas of health and mental health, taking in to account the extreme situations in which many immigrants find themselves.
2. The Network seeks to support intervention to those immigrants who experience situations of extreme trauma associated with the migration process. The migratory process is, for millions of people, a process that brings with it a level of stress that supercedes the capacity and processes of adaptation of individuals to deal with it. The Network specifically supports undocumented immigrants, who often find themselves in situations where their human rights are not recognized.
3. The Network aims to serve as a space for exchange of information and experiences of programmes, research and initiatives that aim to improve and protect the mental health of these individuals.
4. The Athena Network is a non-profit entity.
The name Athena evokes the figure of the Greek goddess quo protected Ulysses in his long voyage, helping him overcome adversity and danger along the way. Athena is the goddess of knowledge and humanism, which are fundamental values of society.
The Network is made up of a group of health and mental health professionals. We have made a personal commitment to the often difficult, and sometimes tragic fate of millions of immigrants in the 21st Century.
The Network is an initiative of various institutions with a long history of experience in the work of immigrant mental health, which include the Ulysses Syndrome Programme of the University of Barcelona, and the Health Initiative of the Americas of the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.
The Athena Network was launched at the World Psychiatry Association Conference, Migration, Mental Health and Multiculturalism en the 21st Century, in Barcelona, October 30th to November 1st, 2010.
Ulysses Syndrome Program
University of Barcelona,
Hospital S. P. Claver, GASIR
Healt Iniciative of the Americas
School of Public HealthUniversity of California at Berkeley
Uniersity V Paris