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BEIRUT: Women's shelters, by design, work to tend to the mental health of their residents, but one local organization is starting to address an issue that has previously fallen through the cracks: the mental health of staff. The responsibilities of women's shelters are many. Isseid said that ABAAD has made mental health services available to staff at its shelters, including monthly group counseling sessions, creative therapy activities and up to four sessions with a psychotherapist, covered by the organization.ABAAD is not only interested in developing its own operations, but is also working to ease the complexities of shelter work in the wider region. The NGO Friday released a manual on founding and maintaining women's shelters, created with input gathered from other shelter organizations in the Middle East and North Africa.At the same time, the manual specifies the physical qualities that a shelter requires.
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