Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) is a non-profit civil organisation which was established in 1990. Working in the fields of Mental Health and Human Rights, we strive to improve the Palestinian community’s mental health through providing clinical, social, research and training services in addition to gathering support and advocating for the rights of women, children, and victims of violence and human rights violations. In recognition of GCMHP’s ongoing work for nearly three decades, the Programme and its founder, the late Dr. Eyad El Sarraj, were awarded many prestigious international awards in the fields of Mental Health and Human Rights. GCMHP works within strategic plans which are developed on a regular basis according to the needs of the community. We believe in the values of integrity, transparency, social responsibility, good governance and respect for human rights. The Programme has an executive administration which implements action plans and is held accountable before the Board of Directors. The latter is part of the General Assembly of the programme which consists of thirty five members from various professional and social backgrounds.
Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is a leading organisation in the fields of mental health and human rights in Palestine.
Guided by the principles of justice and human rights, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme provides inclusive, integrated, and specialised community mental health services in Palestine.
1 - Contribute to improving the mental health situation of the population in The Gaza Strip.
2 - Support the capacity of professionals and other actors to provide appropriate focused care.
3 - Strengthen GCMHP’s leadership role through implementing model procedures, protocols, and research.
Respect for human rights, providing mental health support to victims of human rights violations, advocating the right to mental health. Enhancing equal access – for women and men, boys and girls – across The Gaza Strip so that all people’s mental health needs are met.
Equitable access to mental health services through accessing networks and awareness materials, encouraging referral for those in need of mental health support. A special emphasis is placed on reaching out to the most vulnerable including persons living with a disability or suffering from high levels of trauma. A flexible response approach ensuring marginalised groups, areas impacted by new eruptions of violence, or emerging and urgent needs can be responded to.
Commitment to professional ethics and respect for the privacy of the target groups under the care of GCMHP. Case files are kept strictly confidential and not disclosed without the consent of the client (patient) and/or family. Being mindful that actions and services respond to assessed needs, and placing physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing at the centre of the care provided.
GCMHP is a non-political, independent organisation. It is not influenced by political parties or ideologies. Mental health care is provided solely on the basis of need, without discrimination or preference.
Committed to organisational efficiency, building on available resources and capacities of the organisation. Optimum use of its available resources to provide effective services delivery. Accountability to the financial supporters, donor agencies, and communities it serves.
A professional, credible, and reputable organisation delivering its services based on international standards and evidence-based research. Multi-layered and integrated services and support are provided and are tailored to the needs of the persons requiring support.
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