Mental Health

Mental health disease is one of society’s great invisible burdens.

People who have survived distressing events, such as natural disasters or armed conflicts, face severe mental consequences. Depression and anxiety greatly debilitate them just when they have to act fast to save their families.

Assistance with mental health is plays a role in our programs for HIV/AIDS, nutrition, sexual violence, epidemics, and natural disasters.

Mental health disease is one of society’s great invisible burdens.. They represent 4 of the top 10 causes of health problems worldwide. In times of emergency, the number of people with mental disorders may double from 10% to 20%.

Psychological assistance leads to relieving symptoms and helps people get back to everyday life.

Traumatic events – such as becoming a victim or witness of violence, the loss of loved ones, or destruction of livelihood – can cause intense fear and dread, and very probably harm a person's mental state. MAGNA provides timely psychosocial support for trauma victims, reducing the likelihood of long-term psychological problems. Psychosocial care aims at encouraging communities to develop their own strategies for coping with trauma. Counsellors help groups talk about their experiences and process their feelings, reducing general stress levels. This approach fosters mutual support, and allows the community to rebuild itself on the basis of cultural values and regain control of the situation as soon as possible. This process is supplemented by individual counselling and psychiatric care for those in need.

Psychosocial support

A person who develops a mental health disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or a post-traumatic reaction that goes beyond their ability to cope, requires specialized care through group or individual consultations. Our teams work in countries with systems that offer poor health care, including assistance with mental health. Support may be provided by people trained in counselling techniques, psychologists, or psychiatrists.

People living with HIV

We explain to these individuals how stress negatively affects physical and mental health. We ensure people receive adequate psychological and emotional support, and that they feel comfortable and safe in our specialists’ care. We teach people to work on their emotional and mental well-being and manage stress. We implement and develop new models of HIV/AIDS patient mental health support and psychosocial services.

People with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV are always shocked and upset upon discovering their illness, and the physical and psychological consequences resulting from it. Other chronic conditions may have symptoms related to depression or other psychological problems. Our teams advise those diagnosed with severe illnesses, and monitor patient mental health during treatment. Mental health care is an integral part of MAGNA care programs for HIV/AIDS patients. All those receiving AVR treatment at clinics and MAGNA hospitals have access to psychosocial support.

Mothers and their malnourished children

In therapeutic and supplementary nutrition centres, we train volunteers to focus not only on malnourished children, but also to look for the mothers’ emotional traumas. The most significant symptoms of mental issues in mothers are a lack of interest in their children, or failure to recognize them or seek contact with them.

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