DIGNITY, Family Health Institute partner to expand mental health services

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Press Release — The Institute for Family Health (IFH) and the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY) signed a partnership agreement on Tuesday to further expand the reach of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services in Jordan through a capacity-building program for psychologists and physiotherapists, according to a press statement.اضافة اعلان

The agreement also aims to expand MHPSS to include the private and governmental sectors with a special focus on youth and research the current MHPSS situation among youth through IFH’s sister organization, the Information and Research Center of the King Hussein Foundation.

The program is funded by Danish Arab Partnership Program (DAPP) under the auspices of Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday’s signing ceremony was attended by IFH Director Dr Ibrahem Aqel, DIGNITY Deputy Director Morten Olsen, DIGNITY Jordan Office Director Yasar Abduh, and DAPP Senior Advisor Andreas Thulstrup.

Partnering to offer mental health supportDuring the event, Aqel commended the strategic partnership with DIGNITY, which began in 2007, noting that this cooperation “has contributed significantly to the implementation of several programs that meet the psychological, social, and health needs of survivors of violence”.
“This partnership will strengthen our efforts and support for IFH’s crucial and relevant programs, which rehabilitate and reintegrate victims of torture and violence into society.”
He recalled the initial outcomes of the partnership with DIGNITY, which took place in 2008, when IFH launched the first local counselling center to provide rehabilitation services to survivors of violence.

The director also highlighted the role of DIGNITY’s training programs for IFH specialists in developing the institute’s capacities and competencies nationally and regionally. He stressed the significance of expanding this partnership and cooperation between the two institutions in the future.

Olsen said: “This partnership will strengthen our efforts and support for IFH’s crucial and relevant programs, which rehabilitate and reintegrate victims of torture and violence into society. I am thrilled that our collaboration will continue in the years to come.”

On behalf of DIGNITY, Olsen expressed his happiness in the continuation of the partnership with IFH with a focus on enabling access of vulnerable youth to mental health support.

A ‘lifeline’ for the vulnerableFor his part, Abduh said: “DIGNITY Jordan values greatly the continued collaboration with its strategic partner, IFH, that has stretched for more than a decade of unique informed mental health and psychosocial programs in Jordan, and looks forward to renewed successful joint interventions within an inclusive human rights approach that will benefit the vulnerable population in our country.”

Thulstrup added: “The partnership that we are honoring today will ensure that mental health and psychosocial support for victims of torture will continue under the Human Rights and Inclusion Consortium in the new phase of the Danish Arab Partnership Program (2022–2027).”

“The partnership between DIGNITY and IFH embodies the highly specialized and integrative treatment required in this work,” he noted. “Your project will be a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in this country.”

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