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The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation and conflict. To undo the damage, child psychiatrist and TED Fellow Essam Daod has been working in camps, rescue boats and the shorelines of Greece and the Mediterranean Sea to help refugees (a quarter of which are children) reframe their experiences through short, powerful psychological interventions. "We can all do something to prevent this mental health catastrophe," Daod says. "We need to acknowledge that first aid is not just needed for the body, but it has also to include the mind, the soul."
As the child of Cambodian refugees resettled in the US, Christine Thach grew up in a tight-knit community of former refugees that taught her the value of collective success and interdependence. She credits her community's success to their readiness to embrace a team mentality and to creating a culture of empowerment. Thach argues that the collective success mindset so often seen in refugee communities, and today's competitive capitalist business culture are not at odds -- in fact, they are complementary.