SAT-7 Launches New ‘Mental and Spiritual Health’ Program in Tajikistan as Suicide Rates Spike Among Women

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While mental health is already a worldwide concern during the pandemic, Tajikistan is the poorest country in the former Soviet Union, making its citizens especially vulnerable. Without a national mental health program, people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts have few places to go for help.

That’s why SAT-7, a satellite broadcast ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, is launching a new program in Tajikistan called Mental and Spiritual Health. The program will be featured on their Farsi-speaking channel SAT-7 PARS.

SAT-7 USA’s marketing and communications manager Joe Willey explains, “The program was developed for women in Tajikistan where the suicide rate, sadly, has been increasing in recent years. The majority [of suicides] are young women between the ages of 18 and 40. So this program was created to help women thrive both mentally and spiritually.”

Tajikistan is 98 percent Muslim and family structure is everything in the culture. When a young woman in Tajikistan gets married, she often moves in with her husband and in-laws and is expected to serve the family. In this context, abuse and bullying can take place, and seeking outside help is frowned upon.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for women in Tajikistan dealing with mental health to find hope in Jesus.
  • Ask God to bless the reach and impact of SAT-7’s Mental and Spiritual Health program.
  • Pray for growth for the Church in Tajikistan.