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Empowering conflict-affected populations for a brighter present and future by enhancing resilience through Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

The ongoing conflicts, crises, and particularly the impact of the ISIS war and the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq and Kurdistan have significantly affected the psychological well-being of thousands of IDPs, returnees, refugees, and the host community. We are implementing community-based mental health and psychosocial support programs to address these challenges. Our activities are specifically designed to enhance the psychosocial well-being of the most vulnerable communities we work with, focusing on building resilience and instilling hope for a better future. We offer a range of structured psychosocial support (PSS) programs that have been carefully developed and tailored to the specific context of Iraq. These programs are designed by various specialized actors and cover areas such as youth resilience, child resilience, little friends, adolescent girl’s toolkit, parenting skills, parents without violence, and women’s empowerment through speaking out. In addition to these structured activities, we also provide non-structured activities aimed at promoting well-being and enjoyment. These activities encompass sports, art, storytelling, reading clubs, and group gatherings that provide entertainment and fun for the participants.

“Something remarkable happened after I attended sessions with a psychologist – it completely transformed not just my life, but also the lives of my family. You see, there was a time when I constantly felt overwhelmed by anger, sadness, and anxiety. Every word or action from my children seemed to trigger me instantly, causing me to react aggressively and even throw things in frustration. It was a cycle that I desperately wanted to break. But thanks to those sessions, everything changed. I now find myself in a state of comfort and serenity that I never thought possible. I can handle their words and requests with ease, interacting with them naturally and joyfully. The anger that used to consume me has dissipated, and I no longer harm any of my precious children. The difference it has made in my life is truly astonishing. This newfound peace within me has had an incredible ripple effect on my family. We now share a deeper connection, filled with love, understanding, and respect. My children feel safe and nurtured, and our relationships have flourished beyond measure. If you’re facing similar challenges in managing your emotions and relationships, I urge you to consider seeking support from a psychologist or counselor. Trust me, it can be a life-altering experience, not just for you, but for your entire family. Don’t wait another moment to create a happier, healthier, and more harmonious life for yourself and your loved ones.” The quotation from a 31 years old woman from one of the camps in Duhok governorate

“When I first walked through the doors of the Better World Center, I was engulfed in sadness and despair. The weight of the world seemed too heavy to bear, and tears flowed uncontrollably from my eyes. The pressure I felt was crushing. But then, something incredible happened. I embarked on a journey of psychological support that would change my life in the most profound way. Gradually, a sense of comfort enveloped me, easing the pain that had once consumed me. In this sanctuary, I felt as if I had found a second home – a place where safety and tranquility coexisted. It was a haven where my body and soul found solace. And that’s not all. Through the chi-course, I not only found a sense of relaxation but also discovered a community of like-minded individuals. I forged connections with new people, expanding my social circle and nourishing my spirit. The sense of belonging I experienced was truly extraordinary. The Better World Center became more than just a place for me. It became a beacon of hope, guiding me towards a brighter future and reminding me that healing is possible. The support I received here has transformed my perspective, breathing new life into my world.” The quotation from a 28 years old woman from one of the camps in Duhok governorate

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  • Better World organization implemented the AGT (Adolescent Girls Toolkit) program for 9 girls from Duhok host community throgu 8 sessions for the girls and one session for their mothers,the activity was founded by “ Global Giving Foundation “and it ended up with distribution of certificates of participation.