Mental health and psychosocial support
International Medical Corps has played a leading role in the delivery of comprehensive mental health programming since arriving in Lebanon more than a decade ago. We have expanded access to services by training primary healthcare providers to diagnose and treat mild to moderate mental illnesses and disorders. Through the mental health care centers, primary health clinics and community centers we support, multi-disciplinary case management teams comprising case managers, psychotherapists and psychiatrists provide continuous support to beneficiaries and refer cases to other services according to need. Between September 2016 and August 2017, International Medical Corps provided more than 22,500 MHPSS consultations to more than 2,500 beneficiaries.
As part of efforts to promote health and well-being among refugees and vulnerable Lebanese, International Medical Corps also offers community-based activities for youth and caregivers, among other persons of concern. Programs around parenting skills and early childhood development, for example, are designed to raise awareness on a variety of mental health topics and equip individuals with the resources they need to help both themselves and those around them. Between September 2016 and August 2017, more than 10,800 individuals have participated in awareness sessions. International Medical Corps has also developed 15 educational booklets on mental health disorders including depression, post-partum depression, loss and grief, enuresis, paranoia, schizophrenia and psychosomatic disorders
International Medical Corps also supports the Ministry of Public Health’s National Mental Health Program, which provides national-level guidelines and policies for mental health services in Lebanon. Our partnerships with the National Mental Health Program helps integrate mental health into primary healthcare, ensuring access to quality mental health care within the existing healthcare system.