The Gaza Mental Health Foundation is an all-volunteer group which raises funds and provides training to support the critical work of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and other independent, non-sectarian mental health and women’s empowerment groups in the Gaza Strip. We are based in the United States and are a registered 501c3 nonprofit. Read more about our work & history. Support the vital efforts of grassroots mental health initiatives in Gaza by donating online today!


Gaza Community Mental Health Programme’s Roots of Hope

Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei Not Permitted
to Travel from Gaza Strip

Yasser Abujamei, MD

It is now two years since the beginning of Israel’s 51-day military onslaught against the people of the Gaza Strip. Dr. Yasser abu Jamei, the Executive Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, was supposed to mark the occasion in July 2016 with a presentation at the Palace of Westminster in London, but he was not permitted to travel from the Gaza Strip. His powerful statement was read to the audience.

Mental Health and Human Rights

In April 2016 two Gaza Mental Health Foundation trustees were able to enter the Gaza Strip to participate in the “Mental Health and Human Rights” conference organized by the Gaza Mental Health Foundation. Here conference speakers are pictured with GCMHP staff at the end of the two-day event, which was attended by nearly 800 people from around the Gaza Strip:

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 Gaza Community Mental Health Program

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The first US tour by Executive Director Yasser Abu Jamei, MD in October 2015 was a wonderful success! Thanks to all–donors, attendees, media and hosts.

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Read more about the tour…

UPDATES

Missile deaths on Gaza beach:

September 25, 2015 – Mondoweiss published an article exploring interesting perspectives on mental health and collective depression in Gaza. Read more.

September 18, 2015 – The Nation published an article on the impact of the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza on surviving family members and the ways in which although many physical wounds have healed, psychological scars persist as trauma can have residual effects that change, develop, and devastate over time. Read the article.

September 2, 2015Truthout, an independent nonprofit news agency, recently published an article on the impact of living under chronic siege on Palestinian family health focusing on how the infant death rate in Gaza has increased for the first time in five decades. Read the article.

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August 25, 2015 – Journalist Belen Fernandez shares her commentary on discourses around the complexity of psychological trauma experienced by Palestinian families in Gaza, see article Permanent Traumatic Stress Disorder in Gaza for more.

Palestinian children stand amid the rubble of their partially rebuilt house, on May 11, 2015, which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

Palestinian children stand amid the rubble of their partially rebuilt house on May 11, 2015. Their home was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014 in the Eastern Gaza City’s Shujaiya neighbourhood. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

August 22: Dave Lippman and the Lippband held a benefit for the Gaza Community Mental Health Clinic on Saturday August 22 in Brooklyn. Watch the nearly-award-winning promo video and DROP A DONATION to Gaza Mental Health Foundation, P.O. Box 380273, Cambridge, MA 02238.

JEWS FOR JUSTICE FOR PALESTINIANS share a powerful
Homage to Eyad El-Sarraj

Gaza Mental Health Foundation Board member Othman Mohammad helped to create a new video series with the #Bissalameh program team. Watch the video and read more.

TO DONATE:

 

Donate online via PayPal, or print out a brochure and send a check with your name, address, telephone number and email address to: Gaza Mental Health Foundation, PO Box 380273, Cambridge, MA 02238 USA. Email us with questions.

Your tax-deductible donations would support the mental health work carried out by the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, as well as Afaq Jadeeda’s children’s therapy program, “Let the Children Play and Heal” in Nusseirat refugee camp, founded by Dr. Muna El-Farra; and three women’s empowerment groups: Aisha, Al Zahraa and Wefaq.

Given the huge number of traumatized children and families in the Gaza Strip, and the trauma endured by the GCMHP staff, your support is needed more urgently than ever.