MHPSS and protection outcomes
Why joint action to improve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of people affected by to conflict, violence and
disasters should be a priority for all protection actors
Policy Discussion Paper – September 2020
The document has been issued by the Global Protection Cluster with input from the co-chairs of the IASC Reference Group for MHPSS. The paper aims to provide coordinators and actors in Protection Clusters including its Areas of Responsibility and other areas of expertise with essential information on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) as a key protection concern.
The central tenet is that stronger engagement of protection actors with MHPSS strengthens the overall protection response. Already, MHPSS is strongly embedded within protection activities for children, survivors or gender-based violence and mine victims, but the authors field that the field of protection as could intensify its efforts.
The document was launched during a special session on ‘Cross-sectoral work as a Condition for High Impact MHPSS’ on 6 October 2020 (see https://www.globalprotectioncluster.org/global-protection-forum-2020/).