Mental illness is one of the great invisible burdens on all societies, accounting for 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide. Yet in low-income countries, there is only one psychiatrist per every two million people and psychologists or social workers are in short supply. During emergencies the percentage of those suffering common mental disorders doubles from 10 to 20 percent, while those with pre-existing and severe mental illnesses often have no access to care.
International Medical Corps is an acknowledged leader in meeting mental health and psychosocial needs during humanitarian crises, as well as strengthening mental health care systems and the skills of those who manage them.
We have implemented Mental Health and Psychosocial programs in: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq, Turkey, Libya, Yemen, Chad, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Japan, and the Philippines.