Invisible burdens: prioritising mental health and livelihoods in Syria and Lebanon
Jesuit Refugee Services - MENA regional office
As unprecedented economic crises unfold in Syria and Lebanon, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the Middle East witnesses the heavy toll of poverty on the mental health of those we serve. JRS call on donors to prioritise mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and livelihoods programmes with long-term investment. In tandem they emphasise the need to strengthen national mental health services and combat medication shortages.
This policy brief assesses the impact of the economic crisis on mental health in Lebanon and Syria. It recommends donors to fund systematic mental health interventions and to engage with national ministries, UN agencies and INGOs.