About Our Gaza Pediatric Mental Health Initiative
The Gaza Pediatric Mental Health Initiative was started following the attacks on Gaza in the summer of 2014, in which the entire population of Gaza, which is 50% children, was subjected to 55 days or bombardment from land, sea and air. The PCRF initiated a field study in which we found hundreds of children suffering from high forms of stress and anxiety as a result of witnessing the violence firsthand. Working with partners from the Gaza Community Mental Health Programmed (GCMHP) and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), we began different approaches to intervening with the children and their families. This included group therapy, one-on-one therapy, medication support, summer camps and other activities to assist in their treatment. In 2015, we were supported by Islamic Relief in the USA for this project, and in 2017, Cycling4Gaza raised funds to support our ongoing efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering of children who are enduring psychological trauma in Gaza.