Mens Sana wants to make psychological health and stability a priority in refugee camps so that refugees can put their life back together after a mental trauma.
“We hope to trigger a change both in the refugee’s everyday life and in the perception that the outside world has of a refugee by unlocking the potential of the individual him or herself. ”
At the heart of the project is a method developed by Professor Yori Gidron to quickly relieve those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): “Memory Structure Intervention & Vagal breathing”, which he has already successfully tested several times in disaster and war zones. This method, based on vagal breathing, storytelling, and the writing and repetition of this story, helps the patient deal with the symptoms. The idea is to give them back control over their own memory so that they are no longer dominated by their experiences.
This method has the advantage that it does not require the presence of a therapist. Mens Sana relies on local structures that work directly with refugees. It trains the local staff of this partner, as well as representatives of the target population, to build their capacity to provide care locally using neuroscientific tools, and to easily reproduce the method. “We train people who are relays in the field, and are not necessarily psychologists. Thanks to them, it is possible to treat people quickly and in large numbers.”
This logical and effective method could thus help many refugees to improve their mental health.