Solentra creates hope and new dreams
Solentra stands for Solidarity and Trauma. But also for hope and new dreams.
We diagnose and treat young refugees and their families. Migrant children and youths who have fled war in their own countries, either with or without their families. This often leads to complex psycho-traumatic issues. This war-related trauma is our area of expertise.
Our overarching mission? To make mental health care more accessible and more efficient. All the time and everywhere. Solentra is a non-profit organisation and part of PAika, the psychiatric unit of UZ Brussel (Brussels university hospital) for infants, children and adolescents.
We also function as a social enterprise. We consider health in the broad sense of the word, for psychological suffering and mental disorders cannot be attributed to the individual alone. Rather, they are the sum of environmental factors and societal components.
This context plays a crucial role in the well-being of the individual.
Experts in transcultural psychiatry
The migration process is especially disruptive for young people, abruptly tearing them away from the world they’ve always known. It can bring about trauma that has an enormous impact across the generations.
And this at a time when culture, language and one’s social network are absolutely decisive for the development of identity. Identity which has a direct impact on the well-being of the entire family.
For these reasons, we have to take these factors into consideration when dealing with the prevention and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders.
Solentra is an expert in transcultural psychiatry. We work together to create a healing society where individuals have a better chance at integration and achieving a sense of solidarity.
Solentra and the PACCT® method
The road to support is not always an easy one, both for the migrant family and the support worker.
Cultural and linguistic barriers as well as social-economic problems mean that only very few migrant families actively seek psychiatric help. But this may cause children to miss out on important opportunities.
To make psychological support more accessible and more efficient for our target group, we have developed a specific method: PACCT®. This stands for Psychiatry Assisting the Cultural diverse Community in Creating healing Ties.
Read more on this topic in this article.
Strengthening and extending the safety net
Migration and adaptation to a new culture is a source of many uncertainties. Children are often split down the middle, with one half anchored in their parents’ culture and the other in the new society. Bringing these two cultures together often constitutes an extra step in their development.
That’s why we aim to strengthen and expand the safety net surrounding (im)migrant families.
We achieve this by:
- mobilising (in)formal sources in the children’s direct environment: neighbours, extra-curricular activity leaders, extended family, primary care organisations, neighbourhood organisations, school.
- providing assistance to support workers when they suspect that a child is suffering from severe psychological problems.