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Researchers launch efforts to ease stress of Syrian refugees

July 31, 2018

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University researchers are working with a refugee resettlement agency on efforts that aim to ease anxiety, depression and stress among Syrian refugees in the Detroit area.

The Wayne State School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has developed the project with Samaritas, the state’s largest resettlement organization. The program includes a dance class for children, art therapy for teenagers and yoga for women.

Organizers say incorporating art, movement and mindfulness seeks to help refugees deal with emotions and trauma. They cite the importance of such programs in a state that has taken in the second-highest number of Syrian refugees coming to the U.S.

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