Embrace is a national and regional awareness support network for mental health in Lebanon and the Middle East affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Embrace serves Lebanon and neighboring countries and is working to end the stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental illnesses through community dialogue, media, and public education. Embrace also raises funds to help pay for the treatment of financially underprivileged individuals suffering from mental illness.
Embrace is currently raising funds for Lebanon’s first suicide prevention hotline. For more information, or to donate, click here.
Catharsis, the Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy, has worked since 2007 with disadvantaged populations and communities in crisis, including prisoners, survivors of trauma, substance abusers, refugees and at-risk youth, offering drama therapy sessions in diverse settings such as schools, prisons, hospitals and mental health facilities. Catharsis is founded on the belief that the incorporation of drama and expressive arts in therapy is an effective and empowering method for problem solving, promoting growth and wellbeing within individuals and groups, and building bridges between cultures and different segments of society. In several cases, but not always, the drama therapy sessions can result in an artistic product – such as the pioneering theatre play “Scheherazade in Baabda” and the 10 times award-winning documentary Scheherazade’s Diary presented by the inmates of Baabda prison – that gives special populations a tool for self-advocacy, thereby communicating their message to society and decision makers.
Cénacle de La Lumière
Cénacle de La Lumière is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to serve individuals suffering from drug addiction problems and their families. Through a Christian faith-based Recovery Program, Cénacle de La Lumière helps them reintegrate into society as productive, responsible and drug free citizens. Cénacle de La Lumière also strives to engage today’s youth through a Youth Program, to lead a life based on strong values away from drugs. Its services include psychological counseling and behavioral therapy, spiritual counseling and activities, health care and family counseling.
Himaya’s mission is to promote a holistic approach to child protection within Lebanese society and to make sure every child’s right is preserved. Himaya is the only NGO in Lebanon that offers complementary programs including prevention, rehabilitation, and social reintegration through its programs of training and resilience covering all regions in Lebanon.
IDRAAC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose main mission is to promote research in mental health, increase public awareness, and participate in the improvement of training and educational programs in mental health. IDRAAC has a sister institution, the Medical Institute for Neuropsychological Disorders (M.I.N.D.), that is mainly focused on providing clinical services to the public. The majority of psychiatrists and psychologists working with M.I.N.D. are also actively involved in the research conducted at IDRAAC.
KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation is a feminist, secular, Lebanese NGO that has been aiming to eliminate all forms of exploitation and violence against women since its establishment in 2005. It seeks to realize substantive gender equality through the adoption of a combination of different approaches, including inter alia: Advocacy for law reform and introduction of new laws and policies; influencing public opinion, practices and mentality; conducting research and training; and empowering women and children victims of violence, and providing them with social, legal, and psychological support. Its focus areas include 1) Family violence; 2) Exploitation and trafficking in women, especially in migrant domestic workers and women in prostitution; 3) Child protection, particularly from sexual and gender-based violence.
MARSA Sexual Health Center provides social, psychological, and medical services to all sexually active individuals in Lebanon regardless of gender, age, and sexual orientation in complete confidentiality. Within one year of work, MARSA has become the organization that is performing one of the highest numbers of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) for HIV in Lebanon. MARSA provides subsidized prices or free services and ensures confidentiality and anonymity in all its services.
MENAHRA seeks to support, develop and advocate for harm reduction approaches in the field of drug use, HIV/AIDS, public health, and social inclusion by following the principles of humanity, tolerance and partnership with respect to human rights and freedoms. One of the main objectives of MENAHRA is to increase availability, access and coverage of harm reduction services for drug users inside and outside prisons, as well as other subgroups of drug users in Lebanon.
The Middle East Eating Disorder Association (MEEDA) is a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and providing research and support to those suffering from eating disorders. MEEDA provides assistance free of charge to patients struggling with an eating disorder by directing them to the approporiate support groups and treatment teams in the Middle East. In 2015 MEEDA launched a new Online Hotline, providing confidential personal guidance and support wherever you are in the MENA region.
Skoun is a non-profit, Lebanese organization and the first outpatient therapeutic facility in Lebanon that offers prevention and treatment to drug users. It is committed to bringing life, health and hope to drug users and their families through a sustainable treatment model.