IASC Global Survey: Integrating Peacebuilding and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

IASC Global Survey: Integrating Peacebuilding and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

You are invited to participate in the “Global Survey: Integrating Peacebuilding and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS),” conducted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee MHPSS Reference Group’s Thematic Working Group on MHPSS and Peacebuilding.

Links to Survey:

English: bit.ly/3FKdLff
Arabic: bit.ly/2XfH2x6
French: bit.ly/3aSqxdH
Spanish: bit.ly/3lIcD3G

Survey deadline: 10 November 2021

Background Information:

In February 2019, the IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Reference Group convened the Thematic Working Group on MHPSS and Peacebuilding to strengthen linkages between MHPSS and Peacebuilding, through development of practical guidance or tools, and through facilitation of technical discussions and exchange. By advancing the synergies and bringing together the expertise of both sectors, the aim is to also strengthen the capacities of practitioners to enhance well-being and sustainable peace in communities, regions, and globally.

In August 2021, the Thematic Working Group launched a two-phased initiative to develop an inter-agency Knowledge Product that will highlight conceptualizations, approaches, and operationalization guidance of integrating MHPSS and peacebuilding for practitioners. The Knowledge Product is expected to include a Key Messages Brief, Technical Note (including practice recommendations and practical guidance) and a Glossary. A concerted effort with this initiative is to highlight the experiences and expertise of grassroots practitioners, including practitioners who identify as youth and women/girls.

In Phase 1, a mapping process is being conducted to showcase theoretical paradigms, conceptual and programming approaches, and to describe which actors are doing what type of work (including where and with whom) related to integrating peacebuilding and MHPSS. Phase 1 includes: a global survey, key informant interviews, youth consultations (in selected countries), “do it yourself” (DIY) consultations, country case studies, and a desk review.

Findings from Phase 1 will be synthesized into a report, which will be shared in early 2022 with the global community. In Phase 2, the global community will be invited through a consultative approach to provide extensive feedback on the report, both to enable strong revision and updates, and to help build the local ownership that is needed to enhance the use and impact of the Knowledge Product.

Purpose of Global Survey:

The purpose of the global survey is to learn broadly from MHPSS and/or Peacebuilding practitioners in many different regions worldwide about their understandings, insights, experiences, and expertise on connecting peacebuilding and MHPSS. The global survey will thus identify wider trends and patterns related to approaches, strengths, challenges, and lessons learned from efforts to integrate MHPSS and peacebuilding. Procedures & Anticipated Use of Findings
• The survey will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete.
• Your participation in the survey is voluntary, personal identifiers (name, email, and organization) will be
anonymized, and only the consultants will have access to the raw data.
• The findings will be reported in an anonymized, aggregate form in a report (to be available in early 2022).

This survey is complementary to the global survey on this topic recently conducted by UNDP as a part of an initiative led by Friederike Bubenzer, with which the work of the IASC MHPSS Reference Group is closely coordinating.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact the consultants leading this work, Dr. Michael Wessells and Raksha Sule, by email at rs4042@tc.columbia.edu, or by WhatsApp at +1 416 871 4186.


One thought on “IASC Global Survey: Integrating Peacebuilding and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support”

  1. I think the work is timely and meets a real need. I am a psychologist and I work in the integration of mental health in primary health care in South Kivu, DRC.
    Security disruptions and problems of peoples cohabitation are one of the main risk factors for mental health problems in our region. Efforts to improve mental well-being are often overwhelmed by security challenges, I think if a job is done both ways at the same time it would be a good choice.
    It is excellent to turn mental health workers into peace workers.
    My concern is how to ensure that these two roles are not in conflict, especially from an ethical and practical point of view.

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