We support the well-being of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people with mental health and psychotherapy services, and equip our staff and healthcare providers with tools to deal with difficult work environments
UOSSM launched its first Mental Health & Psychosocial Support center, in late 2013, in Reyhanli, Turkey and another center in Gaziantep in September 2016.
Currently, UOSSM operates and supervises several Mental Health and Psychotherapy (MH-PSS) centers in Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon; five major centers, including a major center in Qah, five sub clinics within Primary Health Care Centers, and two mobile clinics.
Services have been provided to over 128,000 people in Syria and Turkey.
Services provided include:
- Providing psychiatric treatment
- Providing individual and collective psychological treatment
- Training and qualifying the field staff
- Training and qualifying the staff who are working in mental health departments
- Raising skill levels of staff working in mental health departments
- Psychological first aid (diagnosis and treatment) through psychological mobile clinic
Qah Center includes 2 mobile clinics and 5 sub clinics that can provide services to an estimated 1,250,000 people in 130 camps (IDP's) and other camps throughout the suburbs of Aleppo and Idlib.
- The MH-PSS program is led by the Mental Health Department (MHD) in Turkey. The Reyhanli Center provides psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and counseling, special education for children, female counseling, outreach programs to schools and families, training, surveys and social screening. Also, it provides services at other rehab centers, at homes and schools in the area.
- In Syria, it has the 2nd largest MH-PSS center in Qah, northern Syria, where it manages several initiatives inside Syria, including another nearby PSS center in Sarmada, psychotherapy services at few of UOSSM PHCs and mobile teams on ground. In Qah UOSSM is able to provide MHPSS services to at least 200,000 internally displaced persons inside Syria in over 130 camps.
- In Lebanon, UOSSM the MH-PSS center, provides different psychotherapy services and special education for children.
- Diagnostic services, psychological and psychiatric medications, and treatment are offered by sub-centers located throughout Syria via a remote treatment service using Syria Tele-Mental Health (STMH) network and through the Collegium Telemedicus site of Yale University.
- One of its programs is training and building the capacity of personnel on ground, including our own MHD staff and volunteers, and staff from other social, medical, educational, or relief institutions.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV):
UOSSM’s Mental Health Division (MHD) is seeking funding to establish a specialized program, in Reyhanli, Turkey, to provide comprehensive psychological and social support services to female survivors of GBV, to improve their quality of life and integration into society.
- Primary cases are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Bipolar Disorder (BPD). In Lebanon, Nocturnal Dysuria (i.e., bed wetting) accounts for almost %50 of cases in Syrian Children refugees.
Special education for children accounts for almost %50 of MHD work, in general.