The facts

Palestinians living under occupation or blockade in the occupied Palestinian territory or as refugees in Lebanon are subject to stress in every aspect of their daily lives. Lack of access to health services, settler violence, threat of home demolition, unemployment and trauma caused by conflict and displacement are all facts of daily life. Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services help individuals and communities to heal psychological wounds and rebuild social structures in the face of stress and marginalisation.

Our Response

MAP supports Palestinians in their determination to be resilient and active survivors, helping communities to build collective coping mechanisms. Our aim is to help people to rebuild meaning and coherence, relieve stress, and limit the development of further complications, whilst also addressing interpersonal, family, social and cultural issues. 

Our projects

Al Saraya Centre in occupied East Jerusalem

Al Saraya works in the oppressive setting of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. Amid tensions and escalating violence they deliver life skills sessions for young people and children on topics related to identity, rights and responsibilities, leadership, expression and on dealing with peers. 

By increasing young peoples' resilience, they become more effective positive agents for change in their communities. 

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for children and families affected by the Syria Crisis

In Lebanon, MAP is leading a partnership with UNICEF and local organisations to provide group play therapy as well as one-to-one counselling for children, women and families affected by the Syria Crisis. The programme is open to all Palestinians in Lebanon, including those displaced from Syria and those already in Lebanon. The project provides safe spaces for survivors of gender based violence as well as focus group discussions and emotional support groups. 

Improving Mental Health services in the West Bank

In the occupied Palestinian territories, high levels of acute and chronic stress due to the ongoing occupation and political violence are taking a heavy toll on the mental health of the population. 

In July 2019, MAP initiated a new project to improve the psychiatry training programme in the West Bank, and to improve the integration of mental health services into public health care. We look forward to bringing you news of this new project in the coming months. 


Saraya centre, West Bank

75% Of Young people & children have greater self-confidence after life skills sessions




Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Lebanon

32,612 children and young people benefited from psychosocial support

Case study:

Psychosocial support in East Jerusalem

Read our interview with children about their lives growing up amid the tensions of East Jerusalem's Old City, and why the MAP-supported Saraya centre is important to them.

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