On the 26th of November, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organized a “Community Mental Health Intervention” in the “Hall of the wedding party’s from the committee of people of Al Fawar camp multiple services,” near Hebron.
MSF counted with the support of Director of UNRWA for Al Fawar camp, Palestinian Red Crescent volunteers, Union Palestinian Medical Relief Service volunteers, director Popular Committee of Al Fawar, Director of Rehabilitation Center of Al Fawar and schools of the camp.
A total of 319 people participated on the event, among which, 165 were minors under 12 years, and 154 were adolescent and adults over 12 years.
During the event, which lasted from 2.30 pm to 4.30pm, MSF projected a video about its project on Mental Health, in Hebron Governorate. After that, it took place a puppet play, created in collaboration with Yes Theatre, with the name “Let’s think together”.
The play treats topics related to negative effects on the mental health of Palestinian population, living under occupation.
To finalize, an activity in groups was held regarding to resilience methods towards stressful situations. These activities were addressed only to adult audience (over 12 years).
Children participated of psychosocial games and enjoyed recreational activities with drawing materials and face paintings.
Through these activities, MSF is assisting the population of the occupied West Bank to early identification of mental health disorders, in order to develop a higher resilience capacity through coping mechanisms.
The attendees expressed their appreciation of the event and the activities in it.
“All the people were very happy with the puppet show and activities. We would like to have again for more people of Al Fawar,” Male adult participant said about the activities.
“It was very useful to discuss about the consequences of the occupation and the messages were very clear”, Al Fawar mother said.
“I was very happy to participate of these activities and I would like to see the puppet show again” , Male teenager said.