In the country of Thailand, years of violent unrest has taken a toll on the psychological health of the local people, many of whom are hesitant to seek care. The conflict has affected men, women, and children alike. The local people are not only in need of mental health care and medical services, but access to education and the job market too. Learn how you can best help in Thailand and other countries.
In the southernmost provinces, our teams focus on mental health care and provide medical care as needed. Psychological support includes individual and group therapy, psychosocial education, and stress management.
The project aims to support the most vulnerable people, particularly those who may be hesitant to seek care in Thailand.
In 2019, while continuing to run counseling centers in Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat provinces, we started to work in collaboration with government service providers, including public hospitals, and other NGOs, to offer medical care and social support, such as help with access to education and the job market.
We also increased our outreach program of community-based engagement activities, particularly in Yala and Narathiwat provinces. This enabled our teams to provide support in areas where little medical care is available. Please donate to support our work in Thailand and other countries around the world now.
The focus of activities was raising awareness of mental health issues. By taking a preventive approach, we were able to reach people who had not yet experienced violent incidents and help them learn to develop mechanisms to cope with any future events. Our teams ran these activities, which included psychoeducation and psychological first-aid training, not only in our counseling centers, but also at times in mosques, schools, and other locations within communities where there had been a large number of incidents.
MSF continues to share information and knowledge with local networks, groups, and both state and non-state entities on various aspects of mental health, to strengthen their capacity and improve referral pathways to our facilities.