Six years into the conflict, the impact of Yemen’s conflict is both tangible and devastating. But the physical scars that are visible on the Yemenis’ skin and throughout the landscape mask much deeper trauma in the minds of people who have endured the consequences of this protracted conflict.
On World Mental Health Day, we highlight the critical need for psychosocial support to ensure a sustainable recovery for Yemen. As we rebuild the cities and the homes of a country still experiencing war, we must also rebuild the human connections and trust within communities.
Healthcare systems in Yemen have so far struggled to provide care at the scale required, with only an estimated 50 psychologists registered nationwide.
Since 2017, with the support of the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and local partner, Social Fund for Development, have provided psychosocial support training for more than 5,800 individuals – including medical personnel, teachers, social workers, and youth.
Collectively, these trained individuals have provided support for more than 140,000 people, re-inspired students to build friendships and expand their education, and ensured improved care for people experiencing trauma in medical facilities.
But the work is not over, a critical care gap remains – particularly in rural and remote communities. Today, UNDP reiterates its commitment to support greater mental health awareness and training for conflict affected countries, to ensure a sustainable recovery from the deep-rooted impacts of war.