On 7-8 October 2019 the Dutch government hosted the International Conferecne on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations. Politicians, experts, people with lived experience and donors spent two days discussing challenges and solutions for providing good mental health and psychosocial support during and after humanitarian crises.
The aim of the conference was to
- mobilise commitment from countries and organisations to scaling up sustainable and high quality MHPSS during and after disasters and conflicts;
- increase the level of commitment by countries and donors to long-term financial support for MHPSS in crises, and identify financing mechanisms;
- present proven, scalable, evidence-based approaches and interventions, and ways to integrate them into humanitarian aid programmes.
The two H2020 research projects about scalable interventions, REDEFINE and STRENGTHS were also represented at the conference. At the humanitarian market place, a wide range of scalable interventions including SelfHelp+ and Programme Management+ were presented. Visitors to the booth could listen to excerpts from the SelfHelp+ audio programmes.
Day 2 started with a visit of @SigridKaag & @UNReliefChief from our booth and my colleague @EliseGriede got the chance to present the various #scalable #psychological #interventions gathered here@STRENGTHS_proj @REDEFINE_H2020 @CostarProject @contexttrauma @WHO #mindthemindnow https://t.co/gaAdA5fqlG pic.twitter.com/XS2xfKr02m
— Sadaf Kaykha (@Sadaf_Kaykha) October 8, 2019
Read more about the International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations here.
You can also find a video from the event via this link.