Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.

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“A lot of people are surprised that talking and counseling can help,” says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist Saràh Dina. “It is a very medication dependent society. When someone has a problem they tend to just take a pill.”

Dina recently completed a nine-month assignment in Pakistan, where she coordinated the work of a team of MSF mental health counselors working in Balochistan province. Here, she discusses what she saw, heard, and learned during the experience:

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In March, clinical psychologist Charlotte Yence returned from a five-month mission with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Iraq, where MSF has worked in Syrian refugee camps since 2013. She set up mental health care programmes in the Kawargosk, Qushtapa, and Darashakran camps, and here she tells us about some of her encounters:

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An MSF psychiatrist describes the lives of refugees from Central African Republic, seeking safety in Chad.

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MSF psychologist and health advisor Ana Maria Tijerino describes the scale of the mental health needs in the Philippines, and how MSF is responding.

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An MSF psychologist talks about her work during three months spent in war-battered Syria.

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Dr. Henrike Zellmann, an MSF psychologist working with Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, talks about the services MSF is offering to address growing mental health needs. 

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A young woman from Syria starts a new life in Turkey after being shot by a sniper.

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MSF psychologist Audrey Magis discusses how war has affected people in Syria and what MSF is doing to help.

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MSF project manager Loïc Jaeger describes the situation in Syria, where he spent two months working in an MSF hospital.

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MSF Mental Health Officer Athena Viscusi tells the moving story of a patient's recovery in Jamam refugee camp.

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