STRENGTHS: Fostering Responsive Mental Health Systems in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
The consortium, in which Department of Psychology Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Ceren Acartürk took part as partner, is awarded with EU Horizon 2020 grant.

​Project entitled “STRENGTHS: Fostering responsive mental health systems in the Syrian refugee crisis", aims to provide effective community-based health care implementation strategies to scale-up the delivery and uptake of effective mental health interventions in different country contexts. The STRENGTHS project focuses on implementation of a trans-diagnostic mental health intervention related to the current Syrian refugee crisis, since the sudden increase in refugees seeking asylum in Europe and Syria's bordering countries poses a significant challenge to their health systems' responsiveness. 

The consortium, which is coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is composed of 15 partners, moreover 3 institutions will be supporting the 60 months project as 3rd party.

Members of Consortium

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
  • Danish Red Cross, Denmark;
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany;
  • International Medical Corps, UK;
  • I-Psy Amsterdam, Netherlands;
  • The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Netherlands;
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, UK;
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK;
  • War Child Holland, Netherlands;
  • War Trauma Foundation, Netherlands;
  • Mülteciler ve Sığınmacılar Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Derneği, Turkey
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Switzerland;
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland;
  • İstanbul Şehir University, Turkey 

Moreover, Noor Al-Hussein Foundation (Jordan), World Health Organization and Ministry of Public Health Lebanon take part as 3rd party.