Since 2017, Cordaid supports people in fragile settings by addressing their psychological suffering through facilitating access to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services. This includes safe spaces, counselling, recreational and vocational activities, and awareness sessions. Through our MHPSS activities with individuals, families, and communities we aim to address the psychosocial impact of conflict, and create leverage to restore the social fabric and promote justice, peace, and stability.
In the most fragile and conflict-affected areas, physical and psychosocial recovery go side by side. Most people we work with have been exposed to crises affecting their lives in different ways. Psychological distress caused by collective trauma, destroyed livelihoods, ambiguous loss, and continuing impunity affects day-to-day functioning, increases levels of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and prevents restoration of the social fabric needed to escape fragility. The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated regulations created additional stressors making it even harder for many people to cope with already challenging situations.