Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Considerations for Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Sources of Distress, Coping Mechanisms, and Access to Support

This review is intended to examine the overall landscape and current mental health context for Syrian refugees in Turkey at a broad level. To support the work of International Medical Corps (IMC) responding to the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey, this report will review available literature on the unique mental health needs and coping strategies used by Syrian refugees, as well as the mental health services that are available in the country. As the conflict shifts into a protracted crisis, it is important to gain an understanding of Syrian culture-specific expressions of distress, healing practices, and coping strategies. Understanding the way in which Syrians may experience and cope with psychological distress and mental health problems can offer practitioners insight into how to be the most helpful.

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