Rebuilding Lives: Addressing Needs, Scaling-up and Increasing Long-term Structural MHPSS Interventions in Protracted and Post-Conflict Settings

Berlin Mental Health Expert Meeting | 4-5 July 2018

Rebuilding Lives: Addressing Needs, Scaling-up and Increasing Long-term Structural MHPSS Interventions in Protracted and Post-Conflict Settings

 Overview of the Working Group Thematic Areas

The 2 day expert level meeting “Rebuilding Lives: Addressing Needs, Scaling-up and Increasing Long-term Structural MHPSS Interventions in Protracted and Post-Conflict Settings”, convened by BMZ and UNICEF in Berlin on July 4-5 2018, represents a call for collective action to advocate for and invest in mental health and psychosocial support for people displaced by conflict, especially vulnerable groups who are at most risk for developing mental health issues, including children and youth, persons with disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence.

A primary segment of the mental health expert meeting in Berlin included a working group session that aimed to address gaps in knowledge and action and develop specific recommendations for groups that are essential to making shifts in the current MHPSS dialogue, including donors, policy makers (e.g. government, and UN agencies), implementing agencies, and researchers.

The division of groups was informed by gaps in knowledge & action-oriented recommendations identified by a thorough review of discussions & findings from the previous high-level expert meetings. The four working groups aimed to provide attention to promoting inclusion of all people across age, ability, gender, and living situations. The four thematic areas covered in this session were:

WG1. Children & Adolescents/Youth | Three tiers of the social-ecological framework: children, family/caregivers, and community (including elderly)

WG2. Persons with physical & developmental disabilities | Support & Inclusion | Children and adults

WG3. Survivors of Gender Based Violence | Prevention & Response | Children, women and men

WG4. Refugees & IDPs| People on the move | Transitions from short term emergency to longer term development as part of protracted conflict and emergencies

This working document  (with low res versionconsolidates discussions and outputs from the 4 working groups, and will be used as the basis for an online consultative process, that will engage different stakeholders (including user groups, and field level actors) , in order to develop a road map for commitments by donors, policy makers, MHPSS practitioners, and researchers. The deadline for submission of feedback on the working document is 30 November 2018.

Please submit your feedback using this online survey, or make direct changes, comments and recommendations to the tables specifically by downloading the following word version of the working document, and submit to Zeinab Hijazi | Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Specialist, Child Protection in Emergencies | Child Protection, Programme Division, email: zhijazi@unicef.org

 

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