Psychosocial support at Rutshuru hospital in North Kivu in DRC, for young victims of conflicts beween rebels. | © P. Meinhardt / HI
HI currently works in 37 countries promoting prevention and access to mental health care and psychosocial support among approximately 600,000 people. Mental Health care is an essential part of patients care pathway. Focus on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
Humanitarian crises have a profound impact on people’s psychosocial well-being. The World Health Organization estimates that the percentage of people affected by mental health issues can double in emergencies.
The relentless bombing of Ukraine over the last 2 years, the political crisis in Sudan which has driven tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied children into exile, the recent earthquakes in Morocco, Turkey and Syria, armed confrontations in DRC... These conflicts and natural disasters are causing severe psychological and social distress.
We must provide rapid assistance to the people affected to prevent the onset of serious long-term disorders.
Our teams provide individual or group discussion sessions and emotional support and organise recreational activities, especially for the children. They also raise awareness in communities, explaining mental health issues and the support available.
At HI, we believe that access to mental health care is a fundamental human right. It is an essential part of our beneficiaries' care pathway.
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