Afghans are all too familiar with suffering.
While we have developed resilience to such pain, as a side-effect of decades-long conflict, Afghan society lacks a general willingness to acknowledge feelings of grief, anxiety, and trauma. Add to this the reality that Afghanistan lacks substantial mental health support mechanisms and we are left with serious challenges in tackling taboos surrounding psychological needs. We have introduced PoMA as one piece of a larger puzzle to encourage individuals, families, communities, and our country as a whole, to build understanding about the real mental health issues facing millions of us.
Documentary film about dealing with trauma is in production.
Mental health workshops for professionals and people with an interest in mental health coming soon.
Theatre production in development. Dates for showings in Kabul, Mazar, Kandahar, Herat and Bamyan to be advised.
Sad Stories Everywhere I was in third grade of school when my family moved back to Kabul, a city torn by civil war and its people devastated. They enrolled me in a public school that
They took my daughter. I had an arranged marriage when I was 17. My husband was a drug addict who used to beat me. For a year I kept my struggles to myself. When I
Overcoming guilt. I had to overcome the fear of talking to my friend about losing his father. In Afghanistan, it is not okay to talk about the people who are not with us anymore because
Recognition is the first step… …and I’m standing right here, for all that happened in my life, I am mentally emotional, emotionally distracted, and sick altogether. I grew up in the beautiful but heart-breaking chaos
A Note To Users:
“Although these resources help people get in touch with their feelings and take positive steps in their lives, this is not a substitute for professional health health services. If you feel you are at risk or are experiencing serious psychiatric problems, it is important to seek psychiatric interventions. Those interested in enhancing their recovery process are encouraged to seek additional help from psychiatrist , psychologist, support groups and other professional mental health services”.