Mental health

Traumatising events – such as suffering or witnessing violence, the death of loved ones or the destruction of livelihoods – are likely to affect a person’s mental wellbeing. MSF provides psychosocial support to victims of trauma in an effort to reduce the likelihood of long-term psychological problems.

Psychosocial care focuses on supporting patients to develop their own coping strategies after trauma. Counsellors help people to talk about their experiences, process their feelings and learn to cope so that general stress levels are reduced. MSF also offers group counselling, which is a complementary approach.

MSF staff held 223,900 individual and group mental health sessions in 2015.

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Statement
“We urge the Greek government to stop this inhumane and unsustainable policy of containment on the...
Article
“Given the violence that people have lived through, many would be expected to experience post-...
Press release
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Article
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Article
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Press release
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Gallery
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Interview
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Crisis Update
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Interview
MSF finished the project at the Sulaymaniyah Emergency Hospital and Ashti camp on 30 November 2017...
Updates
Article
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Article
More than 125 people but the suspected number of cases is much higher. Midwife Aerlyn Pfeil helped...
Gallery
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Article
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Notes from the field
MSF has been providing medical and humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and migrants in Greece...

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