Seeking help via Skype

Read about a doctor in Canada who Skypes with patients in Syria, every day at 5 am before he begins his regular job.

“Psych Warfare” (from Makeshift)

“Over the internet, he and doctors like him provide counseling  and mental health assessments in a region where grief, mood disorders, depression, and trauma from war often go untreated.”

The article talks about how seeking psychological help used to be stigmatized in Syrian culture, but that so many people are in need of such help these days, that it is no longer something people are ashamed about.

I really liked the last sentence in the article, a quote from the doctor:

“I’m not responsible for outcomes; I’m just responsible for what I can do. That’s a very frustrating thing for most people — that we do something and we expect an outcome, because our societies are driven that way.” He pauses. “But sometimes, you just need to do something because it’s the right thing.”


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