Community Based Psychological Recovery
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
SummaryThe PULIH Foundation began implementing the Community Based Psychosocial Recovery (Pemulihan Psikososial Berbasis Komunitas) program in an effort to improve the mental health of disaster survivors.
Violent conflicts, disturbances and natural disasters in Indonesia and other parts of the globe have resulted in major and long-term losses for the victims. Material losses, physical injuries, loss of loved ones and psychological damage are among the dilemmas burdening survivors and their communities. Due to these circumstances, there is a need for appropriate handling of cases related to psychological damage. If a victim of psychological damage does not receive the proper care to restore their vitality or if they do not receive adequate support from their community, the damaging effects to the individual and broader community will remain for an indefinite period of time.
Key program components
In an effort to improve the mental health of disaster survivors, the PULIH Foundation goes beyond providing clinical help for individuals. PULIH implements a broader, more holistic approach, called the Community Based Psychosocial Recovery (Pemulihan Psikososial Berbasis Komunitas). Within the context of repairing the damages due to traumatic incidents, PULIH aims to emphasize the dynamic relation between psychological/spiritual and social dimensions. This strong tie between these two factors plays a large role in the sufferings and psychological damage experienced by the individual victims. Activities in the psychosocial recovery program implemented by PULIH are: organized and structured games for children, vocational training for women, support groups, religious practice activities, development of daily routine activities, psycho education, and support and technical assistance provision for the humanitarian workers who work with the survivors, among others Psychosocial Recovery strives to direct the victim, as well as the broader society, back to the normal functions of everyday life.