Strengthening mental health care systems for Syrian refugees in Europe and the Middle East: integrating scalable psychological interventions in eight countries

The crisis in Syria has resulted in vast numbers of refugees seeking asylum in Syria’s
neighbouring countries as well as in Europe. Refugees are at considerable risk of developing
common mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). Most refugees do not have access to mental health services for these
problems because of multiple barriers in national and refugee specific health systems,
including limited availability of mental health professionals.
We provide an evidence-based rationale for the use of the scalable PM+ oriented
programmes being adapted for Syrian refugees and provide information on the newly
launched STRENGTHS programme for adapting, testing and scaling up of PM+ in
various modalities in both neighbouring and European countries hosting Syrian

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