Sustainable Model for MHPSS Service Provision

Cycles of conflict and instability left Kurdistan with chronic mental health needs. SEED is working to tackle the issue of transitioning mental health services in Kurdistan, Iraq from crisis response to a long-term, sustainable service provision.

Promoting MHPSS Standards of Care Model for Kurdistan
Leading mental health strategy in Duhok as Chair of MHPSS Working Group
Training for NGOs and government for greater capacity and quality services

Sustainable Model for MHPSS Service Provision

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has a critical shortage of mental mealth care professionals to meet the needs of the large number of survivors of conflict, displacement, torture, sexual violence, and other traumatic experiences as a result of decades of conflict and genocide.

SEED is taking a three-pronged approach to tackling the issue of transitioning the KRI mental from crisis response to a long-term, sustainable approach to mental health and psychosocial support service provision.

SEED’s MHPSS Standard of Care Model

SEED worked with stakeholders across Kurdistan to develop a Standard of Care Model to promote a higher quality of services for the most vulnerable and violence-affected people in the world. Read More


Glossary of MHPSS terms

Alongside the Standard of Care, SEED has developed a glossary of MHPSS terms in English, Arabic, and Kurdish, as a resource for all in service delivery, in the translation of documents, for programming, and in our daily communications.

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Developing a Mental Health Strategy for the Kurdistan Region

SEED is partnering with the Kurdistan Government’s Duhok Department of Health and other key stakeholders to develop a sustainable mental health strategy for the Duhok Governorate to:

  • Ensure access to quality, comprehensive, MHPSS services
  • Promote equitable access to services
  • Build a skilled and qualified workforce with the capacity to address the MHPSS needs during crisis and beyond
  • Ensure appropriate oversight and accountability of MHPSS services
  • Facilitate systems to track and understand needs,prioritizing services and resources
  • Advocate for Sustainable, Long-term, MHPSS Structures

Increasing NGO and Government Capacity

Building the capacity of service providers (Government and NGO) through professional development, organizational development, and the adoption of and adherence to, common professional standards through training SEED’s Center for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) at Koya University

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