Health  Jordan Project #32206

Mental Health Care for Families in the Middle East

by Medair United States


Since 2011, more than eight million people have been displaced by ongoing crises in Syria and Iraq. Fleeing violent unrest, many have sought refuge in refugee camps, unfinished buildings, or informal settlements. In Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon, we provide mental health support to families who have faced unimaginable violence. Our psychological and psycho-social support sessions address deep-rooted trauma, provide an outlet for grief, and re-inspire hope for the future.

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Since the beginning of the Syria Crisis in 2011 and recent turmoil in Iraq, millions of women, children, and men in the Middle East region have been forced to flee violence or conflict. Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq together host millions of civilians fleeing such violence. Having already lost everything, many of these families - particularly women and children - are at risk of domestic violence, sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse, and early marriage.


In Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq, Medair provides mental health support to families who have faced unimaginable violence, and to the communities that host them. We provide individual and group counseling sessions to men, women, and children, giving them a safe environment where they can talk about what they have been through. Our health teams are made up of qualified psychologists and community health workers trained in psycho-social first aid and support.

Long-Term Impact

Mental health is as important as physical health. Mental disorders can significantly impact a person's ability to heal from trauma. They can make it difficult to study, earn a living and keep healthy relationships with friends and family. Addressing mental health in the midst of a humanitarian crisis is absolutely crucial to helping communities recovering from trauma and disasters.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Baseema and her family, Sinjar, Iraq
Tuka and her Syrian family, Jordan

Organization Information

Medair United States

Location: Wheaton, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @MedairInt
Project Leader:
Daniel Xu
Wheaton, IL United States

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