As AVEGA predominantly works with genocide widows, their families and dependents, mental health is an important aspect of our work. A large proportion of survivors suffer from ongoing and complex mental health needs. Through both individual and group counselling, we specialise in issues such as PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety and substance abuse which prevents people from living productive and fulfilling lives. We have documented a strong correlation between mental health issues and resulting problems in the workplace, such as securing and maintaining employment. For this reason, we incorporate counselling and mental health support into all of our other programme areas, such as income-generation and elderly care.