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Agencies prepare to deal with mental health problems in Libya after 42 years of repression

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5653 (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5653
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Thousands of people in Libya will need treatment for mental health problems after six months of civil war, but the country has a culture of not seeking support for psychological problems, and the few trained psychologists and psychiatrists have no experience of treating trauma or depression, warns the health aid charity Médecins Sans Frontières.

Nathalie Severy, a mental health expert for the charity who began assessing need in Tripoli last week, said, “Probably a lot of people will develop war related symptoms now the conflict has stopped. But mental health services were almost non-existent. There are some psychologists [in the main cities], but they only worked before now on things like …

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