“We’re doctors but we’re also human”: helping Syrian health workers handle severe stress
Health professionals working in northern Syria face constant fear and worry – for their patients, for their families, even for their own lives. “The medical staff were trying to encourage each other, so the patients knew their doctors were still standing,” says one doctor who worked at a bombarded hospital. Though he survived the experience and now lives in Turkey, he and many other health staff from northern Syria bear psychological scars. For those still in the country, the constant pressure translates into a clear need for mental health support.