For many years now, Iraq has been heavily affected by conflict. The trauma of war and violence – coming with forced displacement, disrupted schooling, insecurity, the loss of near ones, and of income opportunities – affects all generations. Many Iraqi citizens are forced to move from one city to another. They seek safety. People returning to their home cities are still carrying their traumas, and deal with forms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorders. Most of those who seek or need professional care, have nowhere to go, given the lack of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services in the country.
To help bridge this gap in mental health, Cordaid has been implementing MHPSS support services in Iraq for over 5 years, aiming to address and treat the effects of conflicts on the mental health of citizens in Iraq.
This publication gives an overview of Cordaid-supported MHPSS services in Iraq.