Healing the Spirit, Instilling Hope


New Section Added! News From Gaza

Four out of five children in the Gaza Strip suffer from depression, sadness and fear caused by fifteen years of the Israeli blockade on the territory
published by Save the Children

Text reads: "If I had known what life would be like in Gaza under siege, I would have swooped back into my mother’s womb. So would Rafik. Gaza children have lost school friends, neighbors, relatives. Loved ones and families. Entire families. And not all directly to bombs and bullets: destined to be Gazan meant they were not permitted to exit this land even to access much-needed medications and treatment. Or to travel. Or to live, even for a little bit."

Mohammed Rafik Mhawesh February 8, 2022


“The second day of the offensive is coming to its end with 41 Palestinians killed including 15 children and 4 women. Many of those children come from the same families. More than a hundred other children have been wounded so far and some lost their limbs. The current offensive does not only kill and injure people, but also has also opened unhealed psychological wounds that were caused by the May 2021 attacks, the previous attacks, and the poor socioeconomic conditions brought about by the blockade and occupation. We at GCMHP expanded our toll free line service, announced the mobile numbers of out therapists to the community and are currently awaiting a ceasefire in order to visit the affected and support the families.”Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, head of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program

That ceasefire was announced late on Sunday, August 7.   According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 44 Palestinians were killed and some 350 wounded during Israel’s 3-day “preemptive” offensive. In the days following the ceasefire, more Palestinians died of their wounds including a 10-year-old, bringing the death toll to 49 by August 12.

“We know they’re going to keep fighting,” he says, meaning Israel and militant groups. “But how much longer are we going to pay the price?”
KHALIL KANOON, Gaza City (Link to NPR Interview)



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Healing the Spirit, Instilling Hope

The Gaza Mental Health Foundation Inc. was formed in 2001 to support the critically important work of providing mental health services for the people in the Gaza Strip, especially the children who are the region’s future.