58 - EASO Mental health of applicants for internatio nal protection in Europe
7. Annexes
Annex I: Survey questionnaire reception (S-R)
1. General Information
1.1. EU Member State:
Austria - France - Malta
Belgium - Germany - Netherlands
Bulgaria - Greece - Poland
Croatia - Hungary - Portugal
Cyprus - Ireland - Romania
Czechia - Italy - Slovak Republic
Denmark - Latvia - Slovenia
Estonia - Lithuania - Spain
Finland - Luxembourg - Sweden
Other (please indicate)
1.2. Employer:
Asylum Authority
Reception Authority
Local NGO
International NGO
United Nation
1.3. I hold the following position
1.4. Have you received training on how to deal with applicants who might present with a mental
Yes/No/Not sure
If you answered with Yes please indicate what kind of training an d provider.
2. Conceptualising Mental Health in Reception
2.1. In your line of work, are you faced with asylum applicants who have in your view some form of
health concerns?
Yes/No/Sometimes/Not sure
2.2. How many applicants/refugees, who present with a mental hea lth concern, are you faced with in
average per month?
Less than 3 a month
Between 4-10
More than 10
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2.3. If you answered with Yes or Sometimes to question 2.1. - which of the signs and sympto ms listed
below did you observe in applicants at your reception facility which might indicate a mental health
concern? (Please pick only the most common ones).
Forgetfulness/lack of concentration Aggressive behaviour directed towards other residents or
Incapable to hold a meaningful conversation Aggressive behav iour directed towards oneself
(self-harm tendencies)
Self-talks and/or communication which does not make sense
Increased use of substances like alcohol, cigarettes but also illegal drugs
Sharing of very personal information and asking very personal que stions
Increased use of pain killers to numb feelings of potential pai n
Appearing as not to understand questions being asked and to res pond accordingly
Incapability to take care of dependants (e.g. neglecting the duty of care of children/other family
A general feeling of anxiety No energy/will in engaging in any activities (e.g. past hobbies)
In a constant state of worrying Leaving the reception centre/camp for days without indication
where he/she went
Feelings of guilt and shame on things which happened
Significant changes in eating or sleeping habits
General feeling of mistrust Isolation from family and friends
Feelings of hopelessness Avoiding any information sessions or other session offered in the
reception centre/camp
General feeling of being sad and unhappy Applicants sharing beli eves in being possessed by evil
spirits or use of witchcraft against them, ‘seeing or hearing things’ which are not there (e.g.
hearing voices)
Mood swings (one moment crying/followed by happiness)
Lack in personal hygiene even though opportunities to was h clothes/shower are provided
Talks about wanting to die (suicide) Physical presentatio n of distress (e.g. increased headache,
back pain, gastrointestinal problems)
Aggressive behaviour directed towards family members (e.g. verbal/ physical abuse)
Sleeping problems/bad dreams
Other (please specify)
2.3.1 Do the symptoms picked differ when the applicants are children?
In case you answered with Yes or Sometimes kindly indicate the differences:
2.4. Are there applicants who are particularly vulnerable in term s of mental health concerns (e.g.
applicants in regular vs accelerated procedures, Dublin cases, age, nationality, gender, family status
or composition, sexual orientation or experiences they endured e.g. torture, SGBV etc)?
Yes/No/Not sure
If you answered with Yes please briefly explain:

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