This year’s World Mental Health Day comes during a time of uncertainty for many; the Covid-19 pandemic continues to change the way we live, with social distancing and lockdown measures leaving many feeling isolated and unsure of what the future brings. Job losses and economic instability exacerbate such feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, and many have found their mental health suffering.
Many of our beneficiaries in Lebanon and Jordan are facing the Covid-19 pandemic while already coping with trauma and loss associated with refugeehood. Many in the refugee camps have escaped war and conflict in their home nations, only to find themselves facing stressful living conditions in the camps too. Overcrowding, high levels of poverty and further violence and insecurity are causing a mental health crisis that is only worsening with the onset of further economic instability and the Covid-19 Crisis in the region.
Some of our beneficiaries are refugees who were born in the camps, their parents or grandparents having fled violence and conflict in Palestine from 1948 onwards. We talk to people who carry the trauma of their grandparents’ loss with them every day, and many feel trapped in the knowledge that, just like their predecessors, they and their children are unlikely to ever be able escape their situation.
Poor access to mental health services in camps across Lebanon and Jordan are leaving many people suffering in silence. Today, on World Mental Health Day, we reaffirm our commitment to addressing the mental health needs of our beneficiaries, which will be especially needed in the months ahead.
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