Psychosocial Support Projects
Taking into account the complementary effect of psychosocial support in studies in the field of health, Yeryüzü Doktorları have been developing projects in the area of psychosocial support since 2015.
What is Happening?
According to the definition of “health” by the World Health Organization (WHO), psychological well-being is one of the main components of health. Protecting and improving the spiritual health of the persons in regions where disaster, crisis etc. events are experienced are within the interventions with high priority.
According to World Health Organization data, 1 out of every 4 people in the world is affected by a psychological disorder at a certain point in his/her life. However, 3 out of every 4 people with severe psychological disorders are not receiving or receiving any treatment.
What do We do?
Yeryüzü Doktorları carried out their first activities in this area by organizing psychosocial support activities for the local people after the 2011 Van Earthquake and the Soma Disaster in 2014. In the later period, work on psychosocial support continued and many projects have been developed. In addition, regular psychological support services were provided in the clinics where basic health services were provided.
Yeryüzü Doktorları provide psychological support towards the Syrians living in Turkey in clinics where primary health services are also provided by employing specialist psychologists.
Hundreds of psychological support sessions were organised free of charge in İstanbul Fatih Clinic, Sultangazi Clinic and İzmir Basmane.
School Based Support Program for Refugee Children (MODP) was started to be applied and developed by taking into consideration the psychological support needs of the children in Ilaf School which is one of the schools where Syrian kids receive education in Istanbul. Under the project, initially, psychological screening was performed to students. The screening results were evaluated by volunteer psychologists. The children in need of psychological support were detected and groups were formed. MODP training containing 8-week sessions created on grounds of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach was given as a group study by volunteers of Doctors Worldwide Turkey Psychosocial Support Team to teachers who are at the same school and volunteer for the study. The Training comprises various titles such as spiritual traumas and ways of coping with them, communication skills and it lasted 4 full days.
Following the permissions taken from parents, the trained teachers applied MODP module to students aged between 9-14 years, who were selected as a result of the psychological screenings, as groups of 10, in company with weekly supervisions during 8 weeks. Application of the MODP module by the teachers to the students reduced potential relation problems that may stem from language problems and cultural differences as well as it enabled teachers to gain the skill of applying this module in company with supervision. Furthermore, it was aimed that the Syrian teachers and students would develop mechanisms for coping with the traumas they experienced and that these mechanisms would be permanent in the long term.
Under the project, which was developed with the intent of improving fraternity emotions between Turkish and Syrian kids and contributing to social swarming, one class from a school where Syrian children receive education and one class from a school where Turkish children receive education were specified and the children in the determined classes were brought together with specific periods in order to carry out various activities. At these gatherings, various drama games and activities selected in a manner that language differences will not cause a problem and pictures were drawn within the scope of the workshops.
Young Doctors Worldwide volunteers and Doctors Worldwide Turkey Psychosocial Support Team that had undergone the psychoeducation necessary within the project coordinated all of these games and workshops. At the end of the project, the pictures which are products of the workshops, were exhibited in Taksim Subway Station and were visited by thousands of people. Moreover, the students who participated in this project were also taken to this exhibition and had the chance to see their own works.
As a result of the project, it was ensured that the children could convey their feelings to their works by gathering around the same art work, express themselves much better and discover their talents. Furthermore, it was contributed to the increasing of unity and solidarity emotions thanks to swarming games and the various works made together by Turkish and Syrian students.
For Doctors Worldwide Turkey personnel and volunteers performing field works by going to disaster and crisis regions; share groups via which; they can share their field experiences, learn psychological disorders such as trauma, secondary trauma, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and ways of protecting from these disorders and they will get psychoeducation including topics such as psychological endurance, post traumatic growth were organized.
As a result of the study, participants were informed about psychological disorders, symptoms of these and ways of protecting from them, support was given for increase of their psychological endurance and disorders such as secondary trauma were tried to be prevented.
As of 2015, seminars and training programs for mental health area workers and students have been carried out in order to increase the number of people who can work with trauma cases and ensuring that they are well equipped, to improve their ability to recognise psychological problems and to initiate the intervention techniques to these health issues.
What can you do?
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