PULSE: Mental healthcare is healthcare

PULSE: Mental healthcare is healthcare


Mental health care is health care. In 1998, MSF determined the need to implement mental health and psychosocial services as part of our emergency work. Our doctors and nurses treat physical ailments: bandaging war-wounds, treating cholera and performing emergency surgeries. But for more than 20 years, we’ve also been caring for patients’ mental health. Our patients are often survivors of traumatic events, like war, displacement or sexual violence. These experiences can have severe psychological consequences. They also have a negative impact on a person’s health, wellbeing and even their ability to cope and survive. We know that mental healthcare helps reduce the suffering caused by medical symptoms, and is an important way to restore patients’ abilities to function. It’s definitely not easy to set up mental healthcare programs in emergency situations. As an emergency organization, it can be hard for us to provide continuous care, especially in unstable settings. Long-term commitment is an important element of mental health treatment, so we try to work with local caregivers to minimize the potential for disruption. We continue to increase our programs to provide mental healthcare, to help alleviate suffering and restore good health to the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Thank you for watching MSF’s PULSE. This is our biweekly news show unpackaging the humanitarian world. Make sure to like and share this video. For more information about MSF’s work in mental health view the link in the description below.

Daniel Yohans

1 thought on “PULSE: Mental healthcare is healthcare

  1. Fallenleaves Cosplay says:

    Your videos have made me want to change the world, thank you.

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