Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Considerations for Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Considerations for Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Sources of Distress, Coping Mechanisms and Access to Support
To support the work of International Medical Corps (IMC) responding to the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey, this report reviews available literature on the unique mental health needs and coping strategies used by Syrian refugees, as well as the mental health services that are available in the country.
As the conflict shifts into a protracted crisis, it is important to gain an understanding of Syrian culture-specific expressions of distress, healing practices, and coping strategies.
Understanding the way in which Syrians may experience and cope with psychological distress and mental health problems can offer practitioners insight into how to be the most helpful.
Authors: Cherisse Davis and Amy Wanninger
This resource is also available for download in Step 2 'Build Capacity of General Healthcare Workers' of International Medical Corps’ “Mental Health Integration Toolkit”. The Toolkit aims to increase the understanding of integrated mental health programs in humanitarian settings, and provides valuable guidance for better resource allocation and implementation of the steps and components of Mental Health Integration.