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Psychosocial Support Services for Syrian Refugees

United Nations Agencies and NGO partners has released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) in December 2017, which designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighboring countries. In Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan which is written with the contribution of the many agencies which works in the field, it is stated that “Notwithstanding this generous response, the health needs of Syrian refugees remain high across the region. In addition to needs for primary, secondary and tertiary health care, reproductive care and prevention and response to communicable noncommunicable diseases, many Syrian refugee populations also face the ongoing psychosocial and physical effects of war and displacement. Access to services can be limited, not only by capacity in the health system but also financial capacity of refugees”

As Dünya Doktorları Derneği, we aim to increase access to the phyco-social services to contribute the resilience of the refugees and host communities in Turkey. With the support of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), we target to support Syrians who have been struggling due to the war and displacement with the various psychosocial-support activities.

Aisha is 12-year-old and came to Turkey three years ago with her family. As youngest child in her family she has five siblings. After the settlemen process in Turkey, she enrolled school with her siblings. When she applied to our psycho-social support center, she was complaining from  fainting, difficulty in breathing, making strange noises in the school. Also, she was suffering sleep problems due to frequent nightmares.
Psychologists worked with her on safety zone, emotional awareness, ego strengthening and self-perception in the psychotherapy sessions. After a while, psychotherapies have resulted positively,, self-perception of Aisha is strengthened and the adolescence process has become more healthier for her.

In the psychosocial supports centers that DDD coordinates, clinical psychologist and PSS counsellors design and implement different activities according to the needs, age and gender of participants.

Nadia is 39-year-old woman and she is a mother of 6 children. 2 years ago, she and her family came Turkey from Syria. She applied to our center with complaints of weight loss, unhappiness, depression, lack of motivation, suicidal ideas, self-expression and anger control.
Psychologists made psychological first aid for suicide ideas and also directed her to the psychiatrist. In addition to psychopharmacological treatment, psychotherapy sessions were applied in self-perception, ego strengthening and family roles were studied.
At the end of the sessions, Nadia’s complaints were lifted, her self-confidence increased, and also empowerment in human relationships was observed.

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