Web Dialogue 5: Quality Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for All
Wednesday, 30th March 2022 at 15:00 CEST (16:00 Amman time)
According to a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1 in 5 people affected by forced displacement suffer from mental illness. Many more suffer from other forms of mental strain caused by trauma, considerable stress, and vulnerability. This has also been exacerbated by the economic and the COVID-19 that have led, among others, to increased rates of domestic violence.
Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) interventions seek to address the needs of affected individuals and communities. But MPHSS covers a very broad spectrum of interventions, ranging from low threshold interventions such as sports, arts & crafts, all the way to clinical mental health services.
Accessible specialist services remain in very short supply in the countries affected by the crises in Syria and Iraq. And so policymakers and practitioners must work with the resources of local systems and local communities, collaborating with non-specialist institutions and community volunteers to reach those in need.
While this offers significant potential to scale up support, trade-offs must be managed through specialist supervision and adequate referral systems to ensure the quality of care.
This fifth Resilience Dialogue will focus on the following questions:
– What are the successes and shortcomings of common MHPSS interventions?
– What lessons have been learned while mobilising the resources of local communities?
– What are the challenges and successes in integrating MHPSS into local service delivery systems?
– How successful have development projects been in supporting local systems and community-led efforts? What is missing?
Now is the time to share and learn!
Founding CEO of FORSA online portal. Member of board of trustees of the National Center for Human Rights and the National Commission for Women.
Psychologist at the Amalna Community centre in West-Mosul in Iraq
Head of MHPSS activities at the International Blue Crescent team in Turkey
Head of Department, MHPSS and Protection at Action Against Hunger in Iraq
Clinical psychologist, Researcher and PSS consultant in Lebanon