Sports Limited: Dealing post traumatic stress & invisible wounds thru games, conversations

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Psychosocial Activity. Evacuees played volleyball at Upper Hinaplanon of Iligan city.

Volleyball and other indigenous games are approaches to decrease post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among survivors of violent conflict.

Recently, EcoWEB engages some evacuees hosted in Iligan city in sports, arts, music, conversations and listening to help ease their tensions and feelings.

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Children at the evacuation center at Upper Hinaplanon Iligan city played water-relay game.

EcoWEB sees the significance of introducing sports, even in limited circumstance, to bring balance in the psyche and mental health of evacuees.

Its a creative coping mechanism to combat trauma and reduce the immeasurable level of anxiety among survivors.

These are little ways to bring them back to smile and the feeling of camaraderie with the rest of co-evacuees.

Those who are exposed to severe psychological and emotional risks — e.g. those rescued trapped civilians; those whose elders are circumstantially abandoned at the height of evacuation; those who were held hostaged; those who escaped from conflict zones; those women and children exposed to vulnerability; those whose houses are burned; and, those whose family members who died out of this conflict — are likely to suffer post traumatic stress disorder.

DSC00863Authorities in Marawi city directly dealing with evacuees reported that there are women who are already exhibiting PTSD in the evacuation center.

Scholars on psychiatry pointed that those who are found with PTSD will suffer a long term and cascading effect that will have consequence to their behaviors. Those that are severely afflicted with PTSD will suffer diminished productivity, physical health problems, possible resort to unhealthy behaviors, and may have mental health issues.

EcoWEB believes that these are the hardest matter to deal because these are the invisible effects of violence.

Albeit limited space and time, these should also be prioritized by both experts and non-experts but are nonetheless trained on psychosocial healing matters.

Listening to evacuees’ stories is also an opportunity that can contribute offer a relief from their unsaid stresses, anxiety, and pain.

The quality of psychological and emotional health for evacuees need extraordinary care, increased attention, and coordinative services.