Study: Humanitarian program benefits mental health of Syrian refugee youth

A photo of a man writing and a boy sitting next to him.

A new study demonstrates that an eight-week humanitarian intervention can improve the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of Syrian refugee and Jordanian youth affected by Syria’s war.

The study, which will be published Oct. 2 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, showed that a psychosocial support program implemented by the global organization Mercy Corps in partnership with local community organizations in northern Jordan reduced levels of insecurity and mental-health difficulties of 12-18 year olds, both boys and girls.