Worldwide, youth mental health issues are very common. These issues are an enormous burden on children and adolescents, their families and society. Especially in conflict area’s (often low- and middle- income countries) where violence, poverty and a multitude of social stressors, are contributing to an increased rate of problems. Worldwide there is a chronic and structural shortage of adequate mental health- and psychosocial care for children. In addition, there is limited knowledge about effective and feasible treatment methods in non-Western contexts.
The dissertation of Jordans proposes a model to provide psychosocial care through a package of multiple interventions. Mark Jordans is working as an advisor and researcher within the Research & Development department at HealthNet TPO, to the development and adaption of sustainable and effective healthcare systems in war area’s and low income countries. He defends his thesis “Support to Children in War Areas: Development of a psychosocial care system”, on April 27th at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.