IASC guidelines

Expulsion of Burundian refugees from Tanzania: experiences with the use of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

The IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings were helpful in organizing mental health and psychosocial support services for Burundians who were expelled from Tanzania. Key aspects of the guidelines were the restoration of social support for people in acute distress, the use of Psychological First Aid, and the provision of care for those with pre-existing mental health problems.

Mental health and psychosocial support in UNFPA: toward implementation of the IASC Guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA's) role and areas of work concerning mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings for better inter-agency/sectoral coordination and collaboration. This paper will also discuss the implications of the guidelines for current operations and future ones.

The World Bank's work on mental and psychosocial health in the context of conflict affected countries: the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency settings

This paper provides a brief overview of selected aspects of the World Bank's support in the area of mental and psychosocial health, with a focus on conflict affected countries, and reference to selected points in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee1 Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (Inter-Agency Standing Committee, 2007). Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing is at the very core of sustainable social and economic development, alleviation of poverty and peace.

Humanitarian intervention and cultural translation: a review of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

In this article, we place the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings' within the historical context of trauma healing and humanitarian intervention. The IASC taskforce has done important work by bringing to the fore the cultural and local experiences of suffering in humanitarian intervention.

Recent experiences and future challenges with implementation in South Asia: the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

The initiatives for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are presented, using the case of a cyclone in Bangladesh. The IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings have proved useful, but need to be made operational through joint efforts by different actors, through dissemination to grass root rural levels, and through planning in the non emergency phase.

Words to Action: pictorial contextualization of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

A major challenge for the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings is to make them accessible to community groups. People at the local level often have difficulty in reading and comprehending the guidelines. This article describes how pictorial aids, such as visual stimulus cards and ‘low verbal-high visual’ instruction materials, were used to assist communities groups to work with the guidelines.

Humanitarian issues beyond the technical tools: the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

The humanitarian organization Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) supports the content of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. The guidelines promote a systemic, comprehensive approach to psychosocial and mental health problems, and bring unity to a field that was much needed. However, these guidelines operate within the context of major reforms of the humanitarian aid sector.

After the guidelines; the challenge of implementation

One year after the official launch of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, initiatives linked to their implementation have been undertaken in over 20 countries ranging from Iran and Nepal to Kenya and Peru. In this article we present an overview of the activities that are currently underway to implement the guidelines.

IASC Guidelines – generally welcome, but …

The author lauds the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings as a remarkable achievement, but in his view they have not sufficiently used scientific evidence. The author also deplores that the concepts of ‘trauma’ and ‘traumatic stress’ remain underplayed and makes a case for early psychological group interventions, as well as for more specific attention to childhood mental disorders in general.

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