REFUGEE CRISIS PROJECT: SYRIAN REFUGEES IN GREECE

In April, 2016 a small HAPPI team collaborated with Lighthouse Relief (www.lighthouserelief.org) and Nurture Project International (www.nutureproject.org) to provide mental health services in the form of  culturally sensitive, trauma-informed expressive arts therapy activities and yoga to over 75 children and families in a predominantly Syrian refugee camp near Idomeni, Greece. There was one psychologist from Doctors Without Borders serving a camp of nearly 3000 with only assessment type services, no treatment.  It was estimated from a DWB doctor that over 50% of refugees have trauma symptoms.  HAPPI was the only mental health provider on site for the brief emergency project.  The needs vastly outweigh the capacities on limited personnel and budget.  We hope to secure funding to return in JUNE 2016 with a larger team and more materials to implement a more extensive support project as well as train local refugees to sustain elements of the mental health project.

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