Photo: Carl De Keyzer/Magnum Photos
Photo: Carl De Keyzer/Magnum Photos
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

MSF doctors and nurses are often seen treating physical ailments. But for people who have lived through terrible events, the psychological consequences can be severe. For more than 20 years, we have been providing care for patients’ mental health to help heal these wounds. Hear stories on mental health from our patients and staff.

 

 

Virginia leeDelhi: “There needs to be a shift in the individual and in society to say no to violence”

Virginia Lee, a counsellor from Australia, recently spent seven months working as a mental health coordinator in MSF's community clinic, Umeed Ki Kiran, in Delhi. She talks about the devastating impact of sexual and gender-based violence on mental health, and the need for a shift in the individual and in society to say no to violence.

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5-year-old Umeda has MDR-TB. Here she holds up her star chart. She gets a sticker every time she takes her medicine properly.Tajikistan: Helping children fight tuberculosis

Ruchi Brahmachari, a clinical psychologist from Mumbai, looks back on her time in Dushanbe, Tajikistan where MSF is working with the Ministry of Health to support a comprehensive care programme for young people with TB and their families. 

 

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Bangladesh clinicBangladesh: "Now I am inspiring others"

Violence at home can have a devastating impact on mental health. In Kamrangirchar, Bangladesh, MSF counsellors are helping women to cope.

 

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Counsellor Floribert Nzaituriki Nabonibo, conducts a psychosocial consultation with psychiatric patient Fabien Banjanga, at Mweso General Hospital on the border between the Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Sara Creta/MSFDRC: “There is no health without mental health”

MSF staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo are living through the same trauma as their patients

 

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