The massive explosion of Beirut’s port on August 4th has left the people of Lebanon displaying alarming symptoms of trauma.
For many, the response from trauma only lasts about a month or so. But for others, trauma is something that, if left untreated, can haunt an individual for life, as we have seen with the older Lebanese generation who survived the civil war.
It is of severe importance to acknowledge what you’re going through, in order to successfully work on ways to heal. However, keep in mind you’re not alone in this.
Many centers and psychologists have opened their doors to listen to what you have to say, as well as give back objective and constructive advice that will only amplify and help you in your personal journey of healing from trauma.
Here are 7 centers and resources offering free psychological help (as of the time of writing):
Idraac is a mental health NGO working on research, awareness, community interventions, and treatment. Their team is offering free mental health counseling, and support to anyone affected by the blast and feels the need to seek help.
In response to the tragic event, Embrace launched a free center providing mental health services for all those affected. For appointments call: 81003870
Himaya is currently on the ground in Al-Basta, Karam El-Ariss, from 3 PM to 7 PM to be readily available for the children and their parents dealing with the trauma from the blast; in cooperation with UNICEF.
The NGO has been striving for a radical change on a national level to improve the lives of children in Lebanon.
#4 I Have Learned Academy
I Have Learned Academy strives to provide people with essential life skills that aren’t taught at school for accessible prices. They are currently offering free online sessions about coping after the disaster with psychologist Zeina Daccache.
#5 Sidc Lebanon
Sidc, a medical and health organization, has set up a free hotline for individuals suffering from trauma, anxiety, and PTSD.
Contact SIDC’s free hotline for more info: 76028221
#6 Dr. Marie
Chantale Marie, an addiction specialist, has organized free trauma therapy for the survivors of the massive explosion.