Mental Health, Better Life

Mental health is a mix of our feelings, thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Our mental health affects how we cope with our emotions, our responsibilities, our work, our studies, and our relationships.

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.


The glossary has terms and definitions to help you understand more about feelings and behaviours. Read more


Personal Stories

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 theatre show, one of our colleagues was performing in the show and we wanted to cover it.

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?”, “Have I done something?”, “Am I in trouble?”

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.