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IASC REFERENCE GROUP on MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT IN EMERGENCY SETTINGS

The experience of an emergency can significantly impact the mental health and psychosocial well-being of a person. It can have immediate as well as long-term consequences for individuals, families and communities. The Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergency Settings (IASC, 2007) were developed through an inclusive process, with input from UN agencies, NGOs and Universities. The Guidelines help to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum multi-sectoral responses to protect, support and improve people’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in the midst of an emergency.

The IASC MHPSS Reference Group was established in December 2007. Its main task is to support and advocate for the implementation of the Guidelines. The Reference Group consists of more than 30 members, and fosters a unique collaboration between NGOs, UN and International Agencies and academics, promoting best practices in MHPSS.
 

» The aims of the Reference Group are:

  1. To facilitate integration of the core principles of the Guidelines into all sectors of emergency response;
  2. To foster collaboration amongst agencies and diverse stakeholders (such as governments and communities) for MHPSS in emergencies;
  3. To support interagency coordination and activities for MHPSS at global, regional and national levels;
  4. To develop relevant tools linked to the Guidelines and share these with relevant actors in the field;
  5. To encourage individual agencies to institutionalise the Guidelines;
  6. To promote and support ongoing capacity development to enable effective use of the Guidelines and related tools;
  7. To share experiences of Guidelines implementation among MHPSS actors;
  8. To interface with the UN Cluster System to include MHPSS in policies, tools, capacity building and planning processes;
  9. To facilitate language translations, printing and dissemination and of the Guidelines.

The Guidelines have been disseminated widely and translated into several languages including Arabic , Chinese , French , Japanese , Nepali , Spanish , and Tajik . Responding to needs indicated by humanitarian actors, the Reference Group has published tools related to the Guidelines almost every year since 2007.
 

In 2014 This year the group has initiated the development of M&E Guidance to improve monitoring and evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of MHPSS programing in emergency settings.

For other 2014 initiatives please refer to the IASC RG MHPSS 2014-work plan. The Reference Group shares work in progress and resources also via mhpss.net

»  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)
Documents
   

Translation and reproduction advice IASC Guidelines MHPSS


SU/0803/2626

Posted: 3/27/2008 5:24:00 PM

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Finalised minutes from the TF and PWG meeting on 14-15 September 2007


Posted: 10/30/2007 11:24:00 AM

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Lessons from Sri Lanka - IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psycosocial Support in Emergency Settings


SU/0710/2427

Posted: 10/8/2007 3:15:00 PM

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New Guidelines To Improve Psychological and Social Assistance in Emergencies


SU/0709/2384

Posted: 9/18/2007 5:02:00 PM

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Agenda - Launch of IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, 14 September 2007


SU/0709/2369/0

Posted: 9/10/2007 5:14:00 PM

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Work Plans and Progress Reports
   

RG MHPSS-2008 Progress Report


SU/0905/3096

Posted: 3/30/2009 12:00:00 AM

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2008 IASC MHPSS Work Plan-Proposal for Reference Group


SU/0712/2543

Posted: 12/26/2007 5:11:00 PM

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2007 IASC MHPSS Task Force Progress Report


SU/0712/2542

Posted: 12/26/2007 5:10:00 PM

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Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: Work Plan 2006


Posted: 11/21/2005 12:00:00 AM

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Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: Progress Report 2005


Posted: 11/21/2005 12:00:00 AM

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Meetings
   

» Upcoming

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» Previous

Thu 29-Nov-07, 10:00 to 11:30  (NYT)

Launch of IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

Washington DC

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Tue 20-Nov-07, 12:00 to 13:30  (NYT)

Launch of IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

New York

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Fri 14-Sep-07, 09:30 to 11:00  (CET)

Launch of IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

Geneva

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Fri 14-Sep-07, 14:00 to 12:30  (CET)

Joint IASC Task Force on MHPSS- Psychosocial Working Group (PWG) meeting

Geneva

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Wed 12-Sep-07, 09:00 to 18:00  (CET)

IASC Task Force on MHPSS

Geneva

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IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (Nepali)

September 2009 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

Checklist for field use of IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

December 2008 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (Spanish)

December 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

Poster of the matrix of the guidelines - IASC Guidance on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (Spanish)

December 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

Poster of the matrix of the guidelines - IASC Guidance on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (French)

December 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

Poster of the matrix of the guidelines - IASC Guidance on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (Arabic)

December 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (Arabic)

December 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (French)

December 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

Poster of the matrix of the guidelines - IASC Guidance on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (English)

June 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (English)

June 2007 [ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ]

Amanda Melville »
UNICEF »
New York
Email: amelville@unicef.org
Phone: +1 223 326 7208

Sabine Rakotamalala »
TdH »
Geneva
Email: sra@tdh.ch
Phone: + 41 21 654 66 90

Terms of Reference Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings


Posted: 11/1/2005 2:51:00 PM

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