Personal Stories

Stories connect us. In stories we can find aspects of ourselves in others, and of others in ourselves. #PersonalStories_PoMA is a collection of personal stories from people who have been through difficult times and made it to the other side. We hope these stories will remind you, you are not alone. 

Sad stories everywhere

Sad stories everywhere

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...
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They took my daughter

They took my daughter

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...
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Overcoming guilt

Overcoming guilt

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...
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Recognition is the first step…

Recognition is the first step…

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 many...
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I worry about worrying

I worry about worrying

I worry about worrying. You could ask me one simple question, but my anxiety turns it into 20 questions within seconds.“Are you okay?” becomes “Why are they asking me that?”, “Do I not look okay?”,...
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I was a Journalist

I was a Journalist

I was a Journalist. It started on December 21st, 2014. I was working for a private TV station. One day we were invited to a theater show, one of our colleagues was performing in the...
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Don't be afraid to ask for help. It all started as just a few thoughts .But over time, I started having extremely bad anxiety and was becoming more depressed. School was using the little effort...
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DOCUMENTARY FILM

The documentary film is in production. The film will be accompanied by facilitator’s guides for anyone who wants to run a mental health workshop using the documentary film. Please keep in touch via social media for release and screening dates!

          “You are not a victim for sharing your story.
            You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth.
           And you never know who needs your light, your warmth and raging courage.”

           – Alex Elle

Expert Talks

Video interviews with experts from various disciplines of mental health.

Technical Resources

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 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 a psychiatrist, psychologist, support groups and other professional mental health services.
These tools were not developed by PoMA but were for the context of Afghanistan. Each document is cited and credit is given to the developers.

Coping With Grief After Community Violence

Coping With Grief After Community Violence

COPING WITH GRIEF AFTER COMMUNITY VIOLENCE. Tips for Survivors:  COPING WITH GRIEF AFTER COMMUNITY VIOLENCE  It is not uncommon for individuals and communities as a whole to experience grief reactions...
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Stress Reactions in Conflict Zones

Stress Reactions in Conflict Zones

STRESS REACTIONS IN CONFLICT ZONES. Traumas are events in which a person has the feeling that he or she may die or be seriously injured or harmed, or events in...
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Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss

GRIEF AND LOSS. Coping  in the Aftermath:  Listen Provide them with an opportunity to talk about their loss and process it externally. Ask open-ended questions about their loved one, then...
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Ten Tips for Families with Economic Challenges

Ten Tips for Families with Economic Challenges

Ten Tips for Families with Economic Challenges Tough times also bring opportunities for families to come together and value the things that really matter. Here are some suggestions:A strong social...
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10 Tips For Sleeping Better After A Disaster

10 Tips For Sleeping Better After A Disaster

10 TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP DURING AND AFTER A DISASTER. Some individuals suffer from sleep problems after a traumatic experience. Sleep problems include;  unable to fall asleep unable to stay...
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Reports

Mental Health Psycho Social Support Providers

NGO Link
 
   International Psychosocial Organization (IPSO)
https://ipsocontext.org/projects/current-projects/afghanistan/
 
   IPSO e-care 
https://www.ipso-ecare.com/
 
   Tabish Afghanistan
http://tsheo.org/
 
   Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and Support For Afghanistan (PARSA)
https://www.afghanistan-parsa.org/
 
   PARSA Psychosocial Support for Vulnerable Groups
https://www.afghanistan-parsa.org/our-work/support-groups/
 
   Medica Afghanistan 
http://www.medicaafghanistan.org/medica/index.php/en/
 
   Youth Health and Development Organization (YHDO)
https://directory.ooyta.com/about/youth-health-and-development-organization-yhdo-220.html
 
   Action Against Hunger (AAH)
https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/countries/asia/afghanistan
 
   Humanity and Inclusion (HI)
https://www.hi-us.org/afghanistan
 
   Save the Children Afghanistan 
https://afghanistan.savethechildren.net/
 
   Première Urgence – Aide Medicale Internationale (PUI)
https://www.premiere-urgence.org/en/mission/afghanistan/
 
   Health Net International Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (HealthNet TPO)
https://directory.ooyta.com/about/healthnet-tpo23.html
 
   Norwegian Refugee Council Afghanistan (NRC)
https://www.nrc.no/countries/asia/afghanistan/
 
   International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/asia-pacific/afghanistan
 
   Conflict Mitigation Assistance for Civilians (COMAC)
https://blumont.org/program/conflict-mitigation-assistance-for-civilians-comac/
 
   International Assistance Mission (IAM)
https://iam-afghanistan.org/
 
   International Medical Corps (IMC) 
https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/

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”.