How we can bring about mental health support to refugees – Essam Daod-

Essam Daod shares a story of  one way we can bring brief, important support to refugees at critical times.

And also offers us a window of insight into how any of us might support any other of us  midst potentially traumatising experiences in ways that enable us to emerge not traumatised but potentially stronger.


There is much guff ‘n’ gumph and self-agrandising bluster about,  professing to be “trauma informed” but much is not really informed at all. Trauma is not the events we endure but the effect left within us from adverse experience of those events – so leaving us powerless, disconnected and dehumanized – and finding it difficult to feel safe in the world.
As Peter Levine puts it:

“Trauma is not what happens to us
but what we hold inside in absence of empathetic witnesses.”

Whether a person is left traumatised by an event has less to do with the event itself than how we experience it – and especially how we are treated by those around us after the event.

Essam Daod offers inspiration and insight into this with a simple story, one example and how a simple short human ‘intervention’  can change how we experience even the most trying and terrifying events in ways that enable us to come-through not unscathed but with some good chance we can emerge with resilience, strengthened and live fully our lives. 

And he’s a psychiatrist too so he also offers hope for a profession so often seems to have sold it’s own by showing us an example of what it really means to work as a  “soul healer”.

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Essam Daod:

Transcript  [available at in seven languages]

Let’s not forget that what distinguishes us humans from machines is the beautiful and the delicate soul within us. Let’s try harder to save more Omars.

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