Rebuildling Lives Expert Meeting Berlin 4-5 July 2018 Report
On July 4 and 5th 2018, UNICEF and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) co-convened a mental health expert level meeting “Rebuilding Lives: Addressing Needs, Scaling-up and Increasing Long-term Structural MHPSS Interventions in Protracted and Post-Conflict Settings”. This represented a call for collective action to advocate for and invest in mental health and psychosocial support for people displaced by conflict. This meeting gathered over 50 participants from donor, governmental, academic, UN, NGO and other civil society organizations. The meeting aimed to highlight the impact of protracted crisis situations on psychological wellbeing and call for interventions and solutions. Discussions at the meeting were instilled with perspectives from all levels and, in particular, included strong input from the field. The Berlin meeting was an important step on the journey from the UNICEF symposium held in May 2015 in The Hague, in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, and the Wilton Park Dialogue organized by Save the Children and the Government of the United Kingdom.
The final meeting report is the result of the meeting outputs and a series of follow up UNICEF-led online consultations and revisions by MHPSS experts and field level professionals to finalize actions and recommendations and incorporate into a meeting summary report for publication and wider dissemination.