MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT (MHPSS) | Athens
Our MHPSS team in Athens provides mental health and psychosocial support to adult people on the move (refugees and migrants) who live in the urban area of Athens city. Our team assists and accompanies these people in their way of becoming more resilient and self-sustainable. In order to build a new life.
More and more people on the move struggle to find their way in the city of Athens. The main reason is the increase of people in the urban setting (due to movement from Greek islands to the mainland) as well as the downsizing and decongestion of mainland’s camps.
NEED FOR CONTINUOUS CARE
They face difficulties on a fundamental level: local language, finding accomodation, having enough resources and accessing support services. This, in combination with the lack of support from the Greek government, increases the psychosocial problems which leads to the worsening of people’s mental health. While they are already burdened by chronic stress and past experiences of traumatic events. All of this is adding to the need for specialised support. With our MHPSS programme in Athens, we hope to provide continuous care and help these people regain some control over their lives again. Our MHPSS team offers various forms of psychological and psychosocial help.
Our MHPSS team consists of a psychologist, a social worker and several MHPSS volunteers. They offer psychosocial support services, such as individual psychological support sessions, individual case management and PSS group activities.
During individual and group sessions, we work together with beneficiaries to explore new ways, life skills and resources which they could use to cope with difficulties and make the first steps towards personal recovery. Furthermore, we inform and link them to appropriate services that meet their needs.
The most important principle of our MHPSS mission in Athens is empowerment, based on Positive Psychology values. Our team works with a strength-based, comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to increase people’s resilience, using their knowledge and skills as a starting point. We aim to empower, motivate, accompany, inform and link, in order for the people to take control of their lives and claim their rights.
MHPSS CAPACITY BUILDING
The Athens team also offers MHPSS capacity building activities focused on other professionals operating in the refugee context. Our aim is to introduce basic MHPSS concepts to non mental health specialised professionals. To connect them with good practices and resources, increase their awareness and to approach and refer relevant cases even more effectively. These activities take the form of interactive training sessions where we facilitate a safe space for self-reflection and exchange of knowledge and skills.