What does the MHPSS and Culture Hub do?

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and Culture Shared Learning Hub (Syria) is an initiative to engage Syrian mental health practitioners and researchers working in Syria and in Syrian refugee communities in the region to address the mental health needs of Syrians. The Hub focuses on the role of culture in MHPSS, with a focus on social norms, traditions and faith.

Co-led by the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and Syria Bright Future (SBF), the hub will:

  • Provide a platform for shared learning about MHPSS and culture in the Syrian context.
  • Strengthen the capacities and leadership of Syrian MHPSS researchers and practitioners, especially in the area of MHPSS and culture.
  • Build and disseminate evidence on MHPSS and culture and assess the adaptability of global MHPSS frameworks, processes and tools to the Syrian context.

Concretely, the Hub will host a series of shared learning sessions to foster peer-learning and research capabilities of Syrian MHPSS researchers and practitioners. It will also produce publications and organise events to help bridge local and global approaches in addressing MHPSS in Syria.

Hub Leadership

JLI staff member
Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert | JLI
Languages: English, German, French
Dr Mohammad Abo-Hilal | Syria Bright Future (SBF)
Languages: Arabic, English


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Join the MHPSS and Culture Hub!

The Hub is open to Syrian researchers and practitioners. The Hub’s working language is Arabic. Non-Syrians experts are invited to express their interest in joining the Hub’s global partnership group, which offers and receives advice and guidance from the Hub members.