STRENGTHS project: Mobilising Syrian Refugees to boost mental health

In the wake of the 2015 refugee influx, European countries have been struggling with a lack of Arabic-speaking mental health professionals to provide support on the scale that is needed.

The PS Centre is partner in the STRENGTHS project, which is teaching Syrian refugees to provide a mental health intervention called Problem Management+ (PM+). An earlier version of its curriculum, which was developed by the World Health Organization, was tested with displaced populations in Pakistan and survivors of gender-based violence in Kenya and proved to be effective.

The Swiss online medium Swissinfo.ch has written a very informative article about the how the STRENGTHS project is researching the PM+ interventions and at the same time providing much needed psychological help in Arabic to refugees in Switzerland.

The full article can be found here