Ankara - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular mental health issues that tend to crop up at post, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter blues)?

I do not know. The weather is pretty sunny most times of the year. - Jan 2023

Not anything in particular. - Nov 2021

The July 2016 coup attempt and its aftermath seemed to greatly impact the community. While some issues have been worked through, the negative mental impact still seems to remain. - Oct 2018

In my opinion, the security threats can be hard to live with. - Oct 2018

No. - Sep 2018

Post morale has been difficult due to a number of curtailments and medical-related incidences. There has been more resiliency training recently but that was received with mixed reviews. - Jul 2018

The security environment is getting tighter, and folks who think this is just another EUR post are disappointed it's more Asian and NEA-like than EUR, but it's still a nice place to live. - Oct 2017

Whenever there is a terrorist attack people get amped up a bit. Other than that, I'd say no. There are mountains for skiing only a few hours a way in the winter and the beaches in the summer are top notch. If you need to get away for a bit it's easy and inexpensive. - Sep 2017

It entirely depends upon your ability accept the terrorism risks. Some people have a lot of trouble accepting that terrorism happens here but the risks can be mitigated. Those people tend to shut themselves in and have a lot of trouble here. Get out of the city, see the country. This is a wonderful place and if you accept that you can thrive here. - Jun 2017

After the recent string of terrorism attacks at the attempted coup, there are certainly folks who are coping with a changing security environment. - Sep 2016

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