Children in Yemen suffer from high levels of anxiety due to the traumatic events of war and ongoing armed conflicts beginning in 2015. Children rarely receive psychological support from school or family, largely due to the lack of psychological services in schools, the scarcity of psychological care institutions, and lack of knowledge among parents regarding the symptoms of anxiety and ways to help their children. This situation negatively affects Yemeni children’s psychological stability, increases anxiety, and affects overall psychological, mental, and physical development in both childhood and adolescence. Moreover, behavioral and cognitive problems appear at school and at home, affecting their ability to focus and learn, as well as their relationships with others in their community.
Training Program Implementation for “Anxiety Reduction and Promoting Resilience” in Aden, Taiz, and Hadramout Provinces
In March and October of 2021, “Bridges to Peace and Solidarity”, and its partners “Action for Child Trauma International”, implemented a training program entitled “Anxiety Reduction and Promoting Resilience in Children in Yemen”. This program served as an inaugural initiative for this country. We targeted (50) mental health workers and teachers from schools and centers working with children and adolescents ages 7 to 17, in Aden, Taiz, and Hadhramaut provinces.