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Psychological First Aid. Stronger Together. A guide to help you and your community

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), (2019)

The Pan American Health Organization and the Caribbean Development Bank developed this booklet as a tool to help you take care of yourself and your community during crisis situations. This is achieved through psychological first aid, also known as PFA, a humane, supportive and practical response to a fellow human being who is suffering and may need support. In this booklet, our “PFA helper” will guide you through the three basic principles of PFA: look, listen and link. This will help you to approach affected people, listen and understand their needs, and link them with practical support and information. It will also bring to your attention the needs of specific groups, including men, women, children and adolescents, and people with disabilities, among others. Enjoy the booklet. Read it again from time to time, share it with friends, family and members of your community, and spread the message: “Stronger together”

Community based Mental health and Psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: Three-tiered support for children and families (Field test)

UNICEF , Eds.: UNICEF , (2018)

The CB MHPSS operational guidelines were developed in response to emerging evidence on the determinants of children’s resilience, lessons learned from the evaluation of existing approaches, and the unique challenges that today’s crises pose for children’s safety, wellbeing and optimal development.

Community based approaches to MHPSS programmes: a guidance note

IASC, Eds.: IASC , (2015)

Community-based approaches to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (CB MHPSS) in emergencies are based on the understanding that communities can be drivers for their own care and change and should be meaningfully involved in all stages of MHPSS responses. Emergency-affected people are first and foremost to be viewed as active participants in improving individual and collective well-being, rather than as passive recipients of services that are designed for them by others. Thus, using community-based MHPSS approaches facilitates families, groups and communities to support and care for others in ways that encourage recovery and resilience. These approaches also contribute to restoring and/or strengthening those collective structures and systems essential to daily life and well-being. An understanding of systems should inform community-based approaches to MHPSS programmes for both individuals and communities.

Compendium of resources: A Supporting Document to UNICEF's Operational Guidance: Community based Child Protection

Zeinab Hijazi, Mental Health, Psychosocial and Protection Consultant , Eds.: UNICEF, (2015)

For applying the new operational guidance on CB-MHPSS in the field, UNICEF country offices and partners will need ready access to tools and resources that can be used to implement the programs. By bringing together resources from different contexts, the compendium makes options available to country offices and partners for programming. The compendium aims to strengthen UNICEF capacity for MHPSS programming consistent with the IASC Guidelines for MHPSS in Emergencies and described by the 9 circles of support in the UNICEF operational framework. The compendium is a compiled set of resources, already being used by UNICEF and partners, both national and international, in diverse settings.

PRIME Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Support Groups. Facilitator Guide. Schizophrenia

PRIME South Africa, Eds.: UK Aid, (2014)

This document gives you a step by step guide on running group sessions for people with schizophrenia and their caregivers in your community

A Guide to Leadership Training in Community Mental Health

The Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre, et al., (2010)

For Strengthening Mental Health In Cultural-Linguistic Communities Projects

Mental Health: Resources for Community Health Workers

OpenLearn Create, (2019)

The guide is especially appropriate for settings where the provision of medical, diagnostic and support services is sparse or lacking. It covers adult and child mental health problems, as well as childhood developmental disorders. It includes information and guidance on dealing with mental health crises and emergencies and identifying mental health and developmental problems, together with simple intervention strategies, including suggestions for parents and family members to use themselves. It outlines strategies for Community Health Workers to employ in promoting mental health and in raising their community’s awareness of mental health problems Accessed July 4, 2019

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