Mental health remains one of the least tackled issues facing displaced young people. The psychological impact of conflict and violence, coupled with the ongoing stressors related to losing friends, family, homes and starting again somewhere new and perhaps hostile, can
have a significant impact on the psychosocial well-being of refugee young adults.
According to the International Medical Corps: “While Syrians consider suffering a normal part of life, the concept of a “psychological well-being” or “mental health” is not commonly understood and can carry a negative association. When distressed, indirect, general expressions may be used to describe their current well-being, such as ana ta’ban (تعبان أنا, ‘I am tired’) or nafsiyti ta’banah (تعبانه نفسيتي, my psyche is tired’). These expressions can
represent a range of emotional symptoms. As with many Arabic communities, Syrian presentation of mental health problems may initially be expressed as physical complaints within a medical setting.”
To tackle such an important problem, SPARK, supported by Al Fakhoora, has initiated psychosocial support
In Beirut recently, 10 elected Student Representatives participated in a 3-day training with trauma psychologist, Amanda Aoun. “This is such an interesting topic. I would love to attend more classes and share it with my peers”, said Student Representative for the Lebanese American University, expressed Iman El Assali.
The training focused on distress prevention and suffering, better coping mechanisms, communications skills and pathways, mental health awareness and identification of troubled individuals.