Mental health & psychosocial support are critical to peacebuilding but often overlooked.
Join UNDP & partners at the launch of their Guidance Note on Integrating MHPSS into Peacebuilding
Prolonged crises and violent conflict have devastating consequences on people’s mental health and well-being of communities. While mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) has been increasingly incorporated in humanitarian settings, MHPSS is yet to be structurally and/or explicitly considered as part of conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. UNDP’s Guidance Note on Integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support into Peacebuilding provides practical recommendations to help peacebuilders and institutions integrate MHPSS into peacebuilding initiatives. The Guidance Note principles are based on a complementary report developed by UNDP that incorporates data from five sources: a literature review, a stakeholder survey, five online regional consultations with more than 100 global practitioners, thematic expert consultations on emerging issues such as climate change, online engagement, and religion and faith-based considerations, and knowledge and experience from fieldwork. The report highlights an urgent need to integrate mental health and psychosocial support into all phases of prevention and peacebuilding efforts. Mental health and psychosocial support and peacebuilding are mutually reinforcing processes that complement one another. To launch the Guidance Note and report, this campaign plan hopes to promote MHPSS as a form of crisis prevention as well as response, and highlight the need for partnerships to secure structural change and lasting peace.
Co-hosted by UNDP and the U.S. Institute of Peace, this event will bring together Member States, UN Representatives, practitioners, and civil society to launch UNDP’s Guidance Note, which identifies a structured approach to integrating MHPSS into peacebuilding. This New York launch will convene key peacebuilding partners to promote the critical integration of MHPSS into prevention and peacebuilding efforts.