• Geneveave Barbo University of Saskatchewan
  • Pammla Petrucka University of Saskatchewan
Keywords: youth, refugees, asylum seekers, mental health care, barriers to access


Youth refugees and asylum seekers are vulnerable to mental health conditions. Although their mental health needs are well documented, evidence reveals that they are underutilizing mental health services. This integrative literature review aims to examine the evidence on barriers to mental health access experienced by youth refugees and asylum seekers, determine the literature gaps, and identify the future direction of research in the field. Academic databases, such as CINAHL, OVID MEDLINE (R), PsycINFO, EMBASE, and Web of Science, as well as grey literature, were used to identify eligible articles. A total of 29 articles were included in this review. Our findings revealed 5 major themes: (a) approachability and ability to perceive; (b) acceptability and ability to seek; (c) availability, accommodation, and ability to reach; (d) affordability and ability to pay; and (e) appropriateness and ability to engage. These findings can assist multiple stakeholders in improving mental health access, quality, and provision.


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Author Biographies

Geneveave Barbo, University of Saskatchewan

doctoral student, College of Nursing

Pammla Petrucka , University of Saskatchewan

professor, College of Nursing


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