In December 2007 the IASC Working Group established the IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. This reference group is tasked to follow up on the implementation of the Guidelines elaborated by the 2005-2007 IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.
» The two objectives of the Reference Group are:
- To disseminate the Guidelines to professional and non-professional groups to ensure understanding of the main aspects of the guidelines;
- To continue to interface with the Cluster system, ensuring that mental health and psychosocial support is systematically mainstreamed into the Clusters' work;
- To implement the Guidelines in diverse countries through case studies at regional, national and community levels; and
- Capacity building through orientations and trainings of different stakeholders.
The Reference Group is currently composed of more than 30 international agencies (United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, Red Cross and Red Crescent agencies and nongovernmental organizations). The 2009 co-chairs of the Reference Group are UNICEF and World Vision International.
The 2009 work plan of the Reference Group and Arabic, English, French and Spanish versions of the Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychological Support in Emergency Settings are available on this website.
IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (English)
For further information on the Reference Group or on the IASC Guidelines, please kindly contact one of the Co-Chairs (see contact details on this page)