SAVE THE CHILDREN LAUNCHES A REPORT ON THE MENTAL HEALTH SITUATION OF CHILDREN IN GAZA

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Save the Children in the oPt has recently released a report based on research from a project undertaken in 2018, led by Save the Children’s mental health professionals. The report aimed to better understand how these conditions have affected children’s and young people’s mental health and well-being.  

The survey of 300 children, young people and caregivers in five governorates across Gaza revealed high levels of severe emotional distress, with many children and young people living in fear and having nightmares every time they slept. A key finding of the research is that while children and young people in Gaza are resilient, they are vulnerable to toxic stress and are at high risk of developing serious and long-term mental health issues.

There is however still hope, and the report makes a number of recommendations for actions to be taken urgently by duty bearers, the international community, donors and humanitarian agencies working in Gaza.