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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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mental health advisor Carmen Martínez recently returned from Niger. Here, she explains the importance of providing psychosocial support to children receiving treatment in MSF nutrition programs and their caretakers.

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In Hebron and East Jerusalem, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a medical and psychosocial program for people suffering from conflict-related trauma. MSF teams focus on people with psychological distress (acute stress, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic syndromes, depression) related to violent incidents with Israeli settlers, the Israeli Army, or other Palestinian parties. Here, an MSF psychologist describes a session with a patient in Hebron.

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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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MSF is expanding its activities in Lebanon for Syrian people seeking shelter and medical care.

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MSF is running a program in the West Bank to provide psychological and social support as well as medical care to the victims of the conflict. 

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