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Healing, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Conflict silences communities, and that silence often lasts decades after a conflict ends, with unaddressed traumas having a lasting legacy on individuals, families and entire countries. GIJTR addresses this silence by making Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) an essential part of all programming, from forensics and documentation to advocacy and memorialization efforts.

About this Approach

While psychosocial support has long been a feature of transitional justice processes, it has historically been incorporated in an ad-hoc or perfunctory manner, most often when consulting with victims giving testimony. GIJTR takes a far more integrative approach to trauma, ensuring that every stage of its programming is designed and implemented with consideration for the long-term and often intergenerational trauma that conflict inflicts on individuals, families and communities at large. GIJTR impacts through this approach include psychosocial interventions to support the creation of a victim support centers where victims can go to see their stories reflected and also access services in Guinea to the facilitation of referral networks that make accessible victim support from a cohort of organizations that attend to different types of needs in South Sudan and The Gambia.