Public Attitudes and Perception of Mental Health in the Palestinian Community
106 Pages

Public Attitudes and Perception of Mental Health in the Palestinian Community


106 Pages


All societies in general and the Arab and Palestinian societies in particular still suffer from the cultural heritage of the social stigma attached to psychological disturbance/psychiatric disorders and mental health servicesÆ This has consequently led to hesitation or refraining from seeking treatment despite the multiple sources of stress complicated by an ongoing trauma. This book discusses Public Attitudes and Perception of Mental Health in the Palestinian Community.



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Public Attitudes & Perception of Mental Health in the Palestinian Community
Public Attitudes & Perception of Mental Health in the Palestinian Community
Preparation by Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC)
Ramallah, Palestine. AlMasa Building , AlErsal ST.
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ISBN 978  9957  00  4675 ©pœ— ®
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وأﻪﻠﻘﻧ وأ تﺎﻣﻮﻠـﻌﳌا ةدﺎﻌﺘـﺳا قﺎﻄﻧ ﻲﻓ ﻪﻨﻳﺰﺨﺗ وأ بﺎﺘﻜﻟا اﺬـﻫ راﺪﺻإ ةدﺎﻋﺈﺑ ﺢﻤـﺴﻳ ﻻ ،ﺔﻇﻮﻔﺤـﻣ قﻮﻘﳊا ﻊﻴـﻤﺟ .ﺮﺷﺎﻨﻟا ﻦﻣ ﻖﺒﺴﻣ ﻲّﻄﺧ نذإ نود لﺎﻜﺷﻷا ﻦﻣ ﻞﻜﺷ يﺄﺑ ﻪﺧﺎﺴﻨﺘﺳإ All rights reserved. No Part of this book may be reproduced, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system, without the prior permission in writing of the publisher.
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Background T he Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture®TRC©is a Palestinian nongovernmental, non profit organization active in the area of defending human rights. TRC's developmental mandate is to arrive at a Pal estinian society free oftorture and organized violence. For the realization of this objective, TRC strives to in crease community awareness of human rights and to dis seminate knowledge on the topics of torture and orga nized violence (such as prisoners, the wounded, families of martyrs, victims of the Apartheid Wall and the occupa tion's road blocks, victims of the settlers and others). In addition, TRC offers victims of torture and organized vio lence and their families in the Palestinian Society a com plementary set of therapeutic and rehabilitation services. Those who Benefit from the service programs can take ad vantage ofa wide range of treatment, rehabilitation and training, awareness raising and voluntary medical visits to the homes of individuals unable to reach TRC. Free medical services and other needs as well as vocational training are provided to the beneficiaries so as to enable them through acquiring skills that qualify them forthe la bor market and to start their own income generating pro jects. The idea of having a rehabilitation center for victims came to light in January of 1997 when TRC was founded. The accumulated experience in addressing the issues and need of victims of torture and their families for the crea
tion of a specialized professional Centerpaved the way to assist victims and their loved ones who shared the suffer ings caused by the traumatic events during the detention period. TRC is the only center of its kind in the West Bank, in terms of its functions and services. A voluntary Board of Directors, composed of independent Palestinian professionals and public figures, is responsible for provi sion of oversight and decision making with regard to TRC's policies, programs and functions as well as its per sonnel. Main Objectives of TRC1ÆTo continue to provide psychosocial assistance and rehabilitation for the victims of torture and organized violence and their families. 2. To disseminate and promote a culture of respect of human rights and the rights of victimsin Palestinian society and those affected by torture based on the values and principles derived from International Humanitarian Law, the international laws on human rights and the international conventions against torture and organized violence. 3. To contribute to the exchange of experience and knowledge through training programs and building capacities of institutions and their personnel in the areas of human rights and mental health, as well as the prevention and criminalization of torture. 4. To maintain the provision of sustainable services for the victims, through the development of TRC's strategy and management structure to ensure the sustainability of TRC's services and its developmental role in society, by focusing on specific themes related to human rights, torture, and organized violence).
Prepared by Dr. Mahmud Sehwail MD, PhD, Consultant Psychiatrist, Executive President The Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture
Khader Rasras Executive Director Senior Clinical Psychologist
Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC) Wisam Sehwail Research Unit Manager
Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC) Equal Authorship
Background Dedication Preface Abstract
Table of Contents
Chapter I Introduction Objective of the Study Depression: Paranoia: Interactive Sensitivity: Theoretical framework: The Study Sample:
Chapter II Demographic Characteristics of the Study Sample Results PTSD BDI Discussion Recommendations References Annex 1 Annex 2
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T o all colleagues working in providing mental health services who fight against stigma and embark on the de velopment of educational and awareness programs for the protection and maintenance of community cohesion We also dedicate this book to all those who havecon tributed to the completion and success of this work, main ly the entire TRCoutreach (field work) team, who defiant ly face and overcome obstacles. Research Methodology and Management Procedures at the Center Theresearch team at the Center pursues a methodolo gy of observing reality and paying early attention to com munitybasedphenomenaÆThe Centre is proud to provide suffering victims, , and affected families withcomprehen sivemedical, psychiatric and psychosocial rehabilitation and social services when they are in crisis,and providing education materials and documentation that will help ad vocate for their rights. The Center seeks through its longterm strategy to pro vide scientific material and a database serving the scien tific research community at largeÆ