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Source: Quartz

Confinement and poor conditions on the Greek Islands’ detention camps where refugees have been kept since March 2016 have negatively impacted the mental health of the adults and children living there.

According to Doctors Without Borders, suicide attempts have increased within the past few months on the islands of Lesbos and Samos. Public attempts at suicide have devastated children and even influenced them.

One mother told Save the Children, a relief organization, that she found self-inflicted scars on her nine-year-old son’s hands, and he explained that he did it because everyone else was.

Save the Children says that although the migrants who arrive to the camps are relieved that they’ve escaped their war-torn homes, remaining isolated on the islands can take a serious toll on their mental health.

Trauma can be manifested in the form of suicide and self-harm, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Read full story at: Quartz

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Refugees On Greek Islands Face Mental Health Crisis