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Personal reflections on a psychosocial community outreach programme and centre in Damascus, Syria

Hassan, Maysaa

doi: 10.1097/WTF.0000000000000004
Special Section on Syria

This personal reflection describes the experiences of a Syrian psychologist who works as a (volunteer) supervisor of the mental health and psychosocial support programme of the UN Refugee Agency in Syria. Her reflections touch on the importance of psychosocial community outreach and an outreach counselling centre. The author also reflects on her background, motivation and challenges, as well as the impact of the current situation. She also highlights the impact of the transition of the programme from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to a national partner organisation.

Maysaa Hassan, was a National Senior Community Services Assistant for UNHCR Syria, based in Damascus. From 2008 – 2013 she worked as the psychosocial outreach volunteer supervisor in the UNHCR MHPSS programme in Syria. She is currently senior psychosocial programme officer with the International Organization for Migration. email:

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