Mental Health

Promoting wellbeing via digital architecture for certified
peer support at scale with focused data collection


Hundreds of millions of people across the world have little or no access to the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) they urgently require. Those living in poverty, conflict and violence are at heightened risk; the pandemic has made matters worse.

Yet there is no cost-effective, integrated and tailored solution for promoting resilience while preventing and treating MHPSS issues on a mass scale. We fill that void by empowering local populations to adapt their lessons learned from lived experience into scalable, multimedia self-care solutions.

In the spirit of Sustainable Development Goal 17, we create multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize knowledge and resources.

Our mission is to close treatment gaps, increase mental-health literacy, reduce stigmatization and mitigate trauma in humanitarian settings via:

Innovative workshops

With diversity and inclusion, on a digital and in-person basis

Human-centered design

Creative, multilingual design process empowering those with lived experience

Multimedia learning

Designing mobile, digital and other interactions with impacted groups

Reaching last-mile

Transformative methods of delivering life-saving information and support


On an intergenerational basis, MESPERO develops youth-empowerment and mentoring programs. Enhancing female rights and decreasing gender-based violence are also in scope.

We promote an inclusive approach to self-care which mitigates negative impacts of war, forced migration, the pandemic and other major challenges. We engage youth from disadvantaged demographics and in last-mile settings.

Those with lived experience and service users are actively incorporated into designing our solutions. Unique Impact Tech approaches, such as immersive digital offerings written and performed by youth, are in progress.

Samples of our related work:

Gamified-learning sample

Intake Procedures for Mental Health

Virtual-learning sample

Handling Insomnia
(and the connection to trauma)

Online article

Building Resilience during Crises From a war zone to COVID-19: Interview with Syrian playwright and artist Nour Barakeh

Gamified-learning sample

Empathy Training (PTSD - Emotional Numbness)

Youth Team

Our team of multidisciplinary and international mental health advocates presented alphabetically; click a box to learn more.

Rania Ali

Syrian journalist and human-rights activist focused on refugee issues and female empowerment

 Mădălina Boț

Pursuing an MA in IR at Central European University, Vienna. Focused on the potential of systemic agency in empowering individuals.

Abdibasid Ali Mohamed
Behavioral Analysis

Somali psychotherapist experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, NLP and Psychological First Aid

Doaa Al Zamel

Syrian educator, public speaker, designer and advocate for the rights of refugees

Mohamed Hosam
Quality Control

Khadija Mohamed
Rule of Law

Based in Kenya, Somali legal advocate and radio show host focused on female empowerment and ending GBV.

Layla Barakeh
Field Training

Syrian disaster management specialist, MHPSS and livelihood trainer working in
humanitarian settings

Mamo Issa

Dr. Suad Mohamed
Public Health

Somali pharmacist and linguist focused on improving healthcare systems in developing countries

Nour Barakeh
Public Policy

Syrian pharmacist and artist conducting policy analysis related to migration and conflict

Jamal Mataan

Kaltuma Noorow
Social Healing

Trauma-informed peacebuilder, multimedia, curriculum design


MESPERO is developing a number of projects in various countries. Here is a sample of our initiatives:

Created and developed by Layla Barakeh, Humanitarian Community Life focuses on building capacity for mental health and psychosocial support volunteers in Syria and Yemen.

The SHE OR HE Burnout Model developed by Heather Wokusch was featured by United for Global Mental Health in May 2021: A new model for dealing with pandemic-related burnout. Just click the video to learn more about this innovative approach to handling burnout.


Heather Wokusch, M.A. founded MESPERO and serves as its Executive Director.

Heather’s international career in human resources, education, cross-culture, and media has spanned five continents and multiple fields. A firm believer in Impact Tech and the democratization of knowledge, she is an expert in virtual learning. Heather designs training programs for corporations, educational institutions, governments and other entities while consulting on intercultural communication and organizational development (including digital transformation, leadership development, employee engagement, change management, strategy, and globalization).

MESPERO is proud to be sponsored by the International Forum for Understanding. Its Executive Director, Les Simm, is a highly-valued partner.

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