> Protection and Psychosocial Support
‘Psychosocial support’ refers to the actions that address both psychological and social needs of individuals, families and communities. Psychological factors and the social environment have a huge impact on an individual’s physical and mental wellness and their ability to function. Therefore, psychosocial support is a crucial service READ Foundation provides to fragile, young children, children that have been exposed to extremely distressing events, children that have experienced the loss of a loved one, the loss of their home, experienced armed conflicts, natural disasters or other emergencies. Left untreated, the consequences can be devastating to them, their communities, the entire society.
Early and proper psychosocial support can:
- prevent distress and suffering developing into severe conditions
- help children cope and become reconciled to everyday life
- help them to resume their normal lives
- meet community-identified needs
Children may be going through loneliness, anxiety, fear, grief, depression and neglect, and the type of support we offer is counselling, spiritual and group support, and even education. We use professional staff who deal with the children in their own language, in a comfortable and calming environment.
Children are built with an incredible mind, one that has an imagination that creates the most amazing dreams for the future, but sometimes these dreams are clouded by their extenuating circumstances. Through our programme we help them receive support to change them into active survivors with a positive outlook, rather than passive victims, thus, preventing further emotional and psychological distress. We have seen such an incredible change at our drop-in centres for street children in Bangladesh. Our approach is helping the children build the resilience to cope with any trauma they have experienced.