Sir: The Iraq Subcommittee (ISC) of the Board of International Affairs organised a visit to Iraqi Kurdistan to help support mental health services within the province. Four members of the Subcommittee took part in the visit, on 8–15 June 2007. Our official meetings started on the day of our arrival. We met with the dean of Hawler Medical School, the president of Hawler Medical University and the dean of Hawler Nursing School, as well as the Minister of Health and the Minister of Higher Education (Hawler is the Kurdish name for Erbil, capital of the province). We also visited the mental health unit in Hawler Hospital and met with the consultants, psychiatric trainees and other staff. We also visited a newly commissioned long-stay psychiatric facility.