Mental Health Tour: focus on children and families under Occupation

Mental Health Specialist Study Tour to Palestine/Israel

25 March – 3 April 2018

    Learn about

  • life today for the Palestinians living under a brutal military occupation
  • trauma within families and how it affects women and children
  • violence against children, including imprisonment
  • perspectives from our Palestinian and Israeli counterparts

This ten-day tour has been prepared for those working within the fields of mental health and social work and follows the success of our specialist study tours in 2016 and 2017.


Our Networks aim to develop close links of equality and solidarity with Palestinian mental health organisations and individuals involved in mental health care to ensure that the work of the Network reflects their experiences and priorities.

During the 2018 specialist study tour, participants will have unique opportunities to meet with their colleagues who work with the local population and from other key leaders representing outstanding organisations and institutions. They will provide understanding and analysis of the political realities created by Israeli government policies and how they affect Palestinians who live in the occupied territory as well as within the state of Israel. A broad range of perspectives is gained, with the focus on the agencies of peace in both societies grounded in universal human rights. Tour participants will also hear stories from local people who share their experiences and their hopes and aspirations for the future.

The tour is being facilitated by a small company with nearly twenty years of experience in providing alternative tours to the Occupied Palestine Territory (OPT) and Israel. Hotels used will be in Bethlehem and Nazareth and field trips will extend into the surrounding areas such as Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, Jaffa/Tel Aviv and Haifa.  Visiting the different geographical regions of the deserts, plains, mountains, and the Mediterranean coast add additional interest to the tour itinerary. Travel will be in a private comfortable coach with an expert local driver from a licensed bus company.  The group will be kept to a maximum of 18 participants and debriefing sessions will be held most evenings.

The cost of £1055 per person includes the full tour programme staying at good three-star hotels at half-board (bed, breakfast and evening meal), sharing a twin-bedded room with ensuite facilities, guidance from the tour leader, other day-guides and tips. Flights, lunches and travel insurance are not included. An additional supplement of £220 is charged for those requiring single room accommodation. All interested parties should be in good health and an application form must be completed. A £200 non-refundable deposit along with your booking form will be due once your place is confirmed. Once processed, participants are given personal guidance to help prepare them for their study tour to obtain the most from this unique opportunity and included will be an information pack that contains the detailed itinerary, information about the people and organisations visited and much more. The full balance is payable by 4th February. For details contact


“Thank you for an extraordinary and valuable experience. There is no other way I could have got access to such a range of people and organisations or seen so much in such a short period of time. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in knowing the facts behind the political rhetoric.”  

 S Farrant, spring 2017


“The tour provided a superb mix of in-depth encounters with mental health practitioners and overviews of the political and social conditions within which mental health services operate and – without which it would be impossible to understand their dilemmas, struggles and triumphs.”                        

G Daniel, spring 2016