Unite for mental health care in Iraq and help survivors escape the shadow of IS

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is caused by highly stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. 

A person may also have problems sleeping and find concentrating difficult. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person's day-to-day life. PTSD can develop immediately after a traumatic event, or it can occur weeks, months or even years later. 

The psychological and emotional scars of war in Iraq are immense, with thousands of people still needing mental health assistance. Among those in desperate need of care, are people suffering PTSD, depression, schizophrenia and severe anxiety. 

Join us in Greater Manchester where you can run, walk or jog for a good cause. Since 2017, the AMAR Foundation have taken part on the Run Media City 5K in Salford and on the Manchester 10K, to raise vital funds for mental health care in Iraq. 

In 2014, thousands of children from religious minorities in northern Iraq were captured by ISIS. Since the military defeat of the IS group, some of these children have returned. They have been left traumatized by their experiences but face a host of challenges in accessing effective treatment and rehabilitation. 

The psychological well-being of men, women and children in Iraq is our concern. This is why, to mark World Mental Health Day on October 10th,  we are supporting the AMAR Foundation's Escaping Darkness Appeal and we would like you to join us! We also welcome the opportunity to talk about our support for AMAR and the need for mental health care in Iraq.

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