Mental Health

Disadvantaged and impoverished communities tends to be more vulnerable to psychological and psychosocial disorders, that most often go unaddressed.

Mental Health

Disadvantaged and impoverished communities tends to be more vulnerable to psychological and psychosocial disorders, that most often go unaddressed.

Mental health poses significant challenges caused by difficulties in diagnostics and treatment. People who suffer from mental illnesses are at a higher risk of mortality and morbidity, and mental health disorders disproportionately affect those with other illnesses. Many health systems do not have the capacity to tend to primary and comprehensive care. Strategies are needed to promote, prevent, treat and recover from mental health illnesses, which includes addressing individual attributes as well as engaging system wide factors such as social, economic and political environments.

Increasing access to mental health services is particularly important in conflict-affected areas and among displaced populations.

These populations may have experienced trauma and family separation resulting in high rates of mental health illnesses. In post-conflict contexts, it is especially important to promote and address mental health needs, since this enables people to achieve their full potential which influences the future growth and prosperous development of communities. There is growing attention paid to mental health issues, with global leaders committing to prioritize mental health as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the acknowledgement that well-being encompasses the mental, social and physical components, mental health services continue to be scarce and neglected.

WAHA’S ACTION

WAHA offers holistic care, including promoting mental health services in all the regions where we work. We have psychologists and mental health specialists on staff to work with populations offering the appropriate support to patients. Our projects in Greece for example, primarily with refugees and displaced populations, offer mental health and psychological services especially for cases of trauma due to displacement and complement the primary care services offered at WAHA clinics. These services are provided simultaneously with  primary care for refugees and displaced persons, reproductive health counseling programs and targeted support to survivors of gender-based violence.

WAHA focuses on the empowerment of individuals, particularly women and girls, especially those who suffer from psychosocial disorders related to their health conditions or social status. For our fistula patients across Africa and Asia, we offer counseling and support services to ensure re-integration following surgery or treatment.

 

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