Breaking the stigma of mental illness
Many people in Egypt suffer from severe psychological problems. They deal with different levels of tension and pressure on a daily basis, no matter their social status. Causes may include the financial and economic situation and the unstable political situation, which reflect directly on the community. This affects Egyptians, migrants and refugees, and puts them in need of psychological support and treatment.
Our aim is to break the stigma of mental illness – all too common in the Arab World – and to raise awareness of the value of psychological support. Our goal is to offer those suffering from depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) web-based support from a professional therapist. We want to help them to come to terms with their experiences and develop new perspectives.
Internet-based writing therapy
In 2011, Caritas started the collaboration with the Berlin Centre for Torture Victims (BZfO) in the supervision and monitoring of an online therapy program. Ilajnafsy is an internet-based writing therapy, designed according to a scientifically tested model, with a defined fixed sequence of interventions.
In 2017, Caritas Alexandria and our German partners (see below), started to implement a project to offer psychological support in Alexandria. In addition to professional psychiatrists and therapists, Caritas offers a strong database and partnerships with well-known local NGOs and other organisations.
Facts & figures
Beneficiaries: At least 1600 beneficiaries per year (18+ years old, all nationalities: Egyptian, migrants and refugees)
Where: All over Alexandria and outreach missions to Damietta and the North coast governments
Period: March 2017 – September 2019
Sponsors & Partners: Berlin Centre for Torture Victims (BZfO), Misereor
Partners: Cultural centers, NGOs, government institutes, other Caritas departments
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