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<strong>Health and Mental Health</strong>
Health Program

Insan’s health program mainly targets beneficiaries who are in urgent need of medical assistance but unable to access public and private health facilities due their absence in the area, due to lack of financial means or discrimination. Insan operates a mobile health clinic which is a specially equipped bus and provides basic medical services to vulnerable children, youth and adults in various locations all over Lebanon. The program’s main activity is patient counselling but blood pressure and blood sugar screenings are also offered and medications for acute problems as well as chronic illnesses are provided to patients whenever possible. The mobile unit also refers patients to further treatment at other medical institutions when needed and when possible. The mobile health clinic staff also plays an important role in raising awareness about the prevention and detection of various diseases such as Covid-19 and Cholera.

Mental Health Program

Insan’s beneficiaries live in Lebanon in very difficult situations, often struggling to even cover their basic needs for food and shelter. This has adverse impact also on their mental health and creates the need for psychological support services. Within Insan’s mental health program children, youth and adults with minor psychological issues are offered mental health and psychosocial support (PSS/MHPSS) group sessions that follow Insan’s own PSS/MHPSS curriculum. The sessions cover topics such as emotions, social interactions, self-esteem, social media addiction, gender equality, parents stress, coping strategies, violence, safety and healthy lifestyle. Techniques used followed the ESAR system and are highly interactive.

Beneficiaries who need more in-depth mental health support are referred to Insan’s psychologist for individual psychological counselling. The sessions follow mainly the analytical approach but also use elements from the cognitive behavioural therapy when needed. On average each beneficiary attends 6 – 8 sessions over a period of 2 – 3 months and help the beneficiaries to combat issues such as problems with friends, aggressive behaviour, eating disorders, family problems, emotional difficulties such as OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), Trichotillomania, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), GBV (gender-based violence) and drug abuse among others.

2021 in numbers:

  • 346 children, youth and adults benefitted from health services
  • 1086 children, youth and adults benefitted from mental health support activities