Traumatized Syrians go online for mental health care

This ABC story lifts the curtain just a little on the effect of war on Syrians.

Here’s a timeline of the Syrian civil war, up through May.

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4 responses to “Traumatized Syrians go online for mental health care

  1. I applaud the effort of mental healthcare professionals to improve delivery to victims of a “massive humanitarian crisis.” (That’s medical coding for…you know…war, the never-ending variety.)

    But…”encrypted and safe?”
    No such animal exists on the interwebs.

    • Probably not, but what are the choices? I can’t speak for war-torn Syrians, but I might want to risk losing some privacy to gain some mental health.

      • I doubt the patients would worry much.
        But I think if I was a healthcare provider getting involved in a situation where privacy protections were crucial to me not only delivering the needed assistance, but to surviving threats from folks who do not want such assistance to be delivered, I would want the reality of the situation…a reality well known to anyone who reads the news…to be more fully investigated and acted upon. I would be looking for something more than just making a promise to deliver what simply does not nor has ever existed in the real world.

        There are ways to protect the privacy and the safety of these professionals. Offering “encrypted and safe” doesn’t begin to cut it. Maybe the organization is doing more and doesn’t want to reveal as much. Let’s hope so. Because the sixth grader who lives next door laughs at “encrypted and safe.” So do the Russians. And the Chinese.

  2. I think it’s a great idea.

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