Manuals, Toolkits and Guidance

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings: What should Humanitarian Health Actors know?

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IASC, Inter-Agency Standing Committee

The guidelines, designed for all actors engaged in humanitarian assistance, explains standards to enable humanitarian actors to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum multisectoral responses to protect and improve the mental health and psychosocial well-being of people in the midst of an emergency. The guidelines consist of three parts; part 1 includes background information on mental health and psychosocial impact of emergencies, core principles and frequently asked questions with the second and third parts providing a matrix of interventions and action sheets for minimum response in coordination, assessment, monitoring and evaluation, protection and human rights standards, human resources, community mobilization and support, health services, education, dissemination, food security and nutrition, shelter and site planning, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

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Community engagement and mobilisation

Food security

Human Rights

Humanitarian and emergency response

Mental health and psychosocial support


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