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Why are we here?

The escalating war in Syria has brought with it the significant deterioration of all aspects of life for its citizens, particularly in the area of psychosocial factors. It had also been noticed that there was an acute shortage of organized mental health professionals; these two factors were the catalyst to the formation of the Syrian Association for Mental Health (SAMH).


About us?

SAMH is an independent Syrian association for psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical social workers.

SAMH has been officially registered in the United Kingdom on the 10th September 2013...

SAMH 8th Annual Conference is postponed until further notice:

Dear participants, Lecturers and speakers of the SAMH 8th Annual Conference

Dear members & friends of SAMH

I am writing on behalf the Executive Committee of SAMH to inform you that we had an extraordinary meeting today to consider the impact of the corona virus pandemic on the forthcoming SAMH 8th Annual Conference 28-29 March 2020.

After much discussion and with regret and in view of difficulties and restrictions on travel of members to attend the Conference, we have unanimously agreed to postpone the 8th Conference which was to be held from 28-29 March 2020, in Istanbul, to postpone it to a future appropriate date.

We will closely follow developments in this issue and God willing, we will announce to you the new date in a timely manner.

We regret having to take this action when all preparations for the conference have been completed. We express our apologies to participants, members, Lecturers and speakers who have already made arrangements for travel to attend the conference.

We look forward to meeting you at the Conference and will inform you of its date with new notice.

Yours faithfully

Dr. Mamoun Mobayed
President of SAMH
8 March 2020

The 8th Annual Scientific Conference: Psychosocial effects of the Syrian Crises : Mental Health of the Syrian Family:

In order to highlight the psychosocial effects of the Syrian crisis, the 8th Scientific Conference will be held in Istanbul from 28 to 29 March 2020, entitled "Mental Health of the Syrian Family".

We invite experts in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social service, and other professionals to this conference ... giving them the opportunity to develop the practical and theoretical aspects regarding the latest developments of mental health and to help in building relationships and networking between workers in this field, which in turn gives educational and social scientific wealth.

We welcome your abstract submissions. Share your knowledge from around the world. Share a scientific research or presenting a workshop, or a poster, or a report or a lecture on the subject of the 8th conference. You find the abstract form on our website. the deadline for Abstract Submission is 01/01/2020. Please submit your abstract with your brief of CV to this E-mail: conference @


Conference Topics:

1- Psychosocial obstacles facing the integration of the Syrian family in the hosting societies (Arabic countries, Turkey, Europe).

2- The positive and negative consequences of forced immigration on all elements of the family (parents, and children):

    • The family and the issue of addiction.

    • The education of Syrian children in the hosting countries, between successes and frailer.

    • The Syrian family and special needs, future challenges.

    • Bullying of children and teenagers.

3- The suffering of Syrian children, and the possible effects on personality development.

4- Strategies and suggestions for supporting the Syrian family: building on the experience of mental health workers, and the future role of the Syrian Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

Mental health of resettled Syrian refugees: a practical cross-cultural guide for practitioners, Dr Nadim Almoshmosh and Others, UNHCR

Focussing efforts on advocacy for human rights and improvement of living conditions (e.g. housing, employment, food) and fostering coping skills and resilience are key to effective mental health services for Syrian refugees.

Healthcare providers should be careful not to over-diagnose mental disorders among displaced Syrians, especially in the early post-settlement phase when refugees face insecurity and have many ongoing daily stressors. ...

The 8th Annual Scientific Conference: Psychosocial effects of the Syrian Crises : Mental Health of the Syrian Family

The 7th Annual Scientific Conference : Developing mental health services for Syrians and building capacity of mental
health professionals

Improving mental health care in Syria, Dr Nadim Almoshmosh, FRCPsych

How do you improve the skills of mental health workers in war-torn Syria? And what is their role in helping young Syrians build a better future?

Dr Almoshmosh’s report from the SAMH 6th Conference ... The conference on 5-6th May, arranged in cooperation with Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), had the theme “Moving from crisis response to sustainable services” ...

The Sixth Scientific Conference : Syria and the Syrians : Psychological and Social Situation
Moving from crisis situation to sustainable services

The Recommendation letter from Prof.Dr Kemal Sayar

This is a recommendation letter from Prof.Dr Kemal Sayar the President of the Turkish Society of Psychopharmacology recommending SAMH 6th conference. And he is here with Dr.Mamoun Mobayed President of SAMH during their rescent friendly meeting in Istanbul.

The SAMH strongly condemns the attack last night (19/01/2018) on Ezaz Psychiatric Hospital

Annual Conferences Archive

2019 / The Seventh Annual Scientific Conference “ Developing mental health services for Syrians and building capacity of mental health professionals ”

2018 / The Sixth Annual Scientific Conference “ Moving from crisis situation to sustainable services ”

2017 / The Fifth annual conference “ Mental Health for the Syrians from suffering to rebuilding ”

2016 / The Fourth Annual Scientific Conference “ Mental health care for Syrian refugees and internally displaced ”

2015 / The Third Annual Scientific Conference “ Towards Better Mental Health for all Syrians ”

2014 / The Second Annual Scientific Conference “ For better mental health care during crisis ”

2012 / The First Annual Scientific Conference “ Syrian people from pain to hope ”