Intervention

FIELD REPORT
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 255--260

International Organization for Migration Iraq Mental and Psychosocial Support Programme Suicide Prevention Activities


Hatem Alaa Marzouk 
 MRC Psych (UK), MSc Psychiatry, MBBCh, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programme Coordinator, The International Organization for Migration, (IOM), Erbil, Iraq

Correspondence Address:
Hatem Alaa Marzouk
MRC Psych (UK), MSc Psychiatry, MBBCh, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programme Coordinator, The International Organization for Migration, (IOM), Erbil,
Iraq

Many Iraqis have experienced a multitude of stressors over the past four decades due to war, sanctions and civil conflict. Being closely associated with social cohesion and community stabilisation, suicide prevention activities have been an increasingly important component of the International Organization of Migration (IOM)’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programme. This report introduces the aims and activities implemented throughout different locations in Iraq by IOM. Statistics from 2015 to 2016 indicated that the rate of suicide per 100,000 persons in Iraq was between 0.97 and 1.54, with the majority of the cases being 29 years of age or younger. Following a brief situation analysis of socioeconomic, cultural and political aspects related to the phenomenon of suicide in Iraq, the subsequent report outlines the steps IOM Iraq has taken to support the government of Iraq in developing the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. It also details the efforts done towards building community awareness about suicide and building the capacity of community gatekeepers.


How to cite this article:
Marzouk HA. International Organization for Migration Iraq Mental and Psychosocial Support Programme Suicide Prevention Activities.Intervention 2021;19:255-260


How to cite this URL:
Marzouk HA. International Organization for Migration Iraq Mental and Psychosocial Support Programme Suicide Prevention Activities. Intervention [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 13 ];19:255-260
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