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Mental health and psychosocial support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants on the move in Europe: A multi-agency guidance note, December 2015

International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies, International Organization for Migration, World Health Organization, et al., (2015)

This brief guidance note seeks to provide advice on protecting and supporting the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe. It describes key principles and appropriate interventions to guide all those who are designing and organizing emergency services and/or providing direct assistance to the affected people

Aleppo Abandoned: A Case Study on Health Care in Syria

Physicians for Human Rights, (2015)

Report Shows Egregious Attacks on Health Care by Syrian Government Have Devastated Aleppo’s Medical System

Immigrant and refugee mental health - Best practices in meeting the needs of immigrants and refugees

MaoThao, Eds.: Wilder Research, (2009)

Compared to their native counterparts, immigrants and refugees are at higher risk for developing mental health problems due to previous trauma and/or the stress of migration and resettlement; such as war, violence, poverty, and acculturation.

Self-Help Booklet for Men facing crisis and displacement (Arabic)

International Organization for Migration IOM, (2014)

The booklet “Self-Help for Men facing crisis and displacement”, is a new IOM publication developed as an activity of our psychosocial support program in the Syrian Arab Republic and Lebanon, in Arabic and English

Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians

Hassan, G, Kirmayer, LJ, Mekki- Berrada A., et al., Eds.: UNHCR, (2015)

The document is primarily meant to inform mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) staff, such as: psychologists, psychosocial counsellors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and others who are involved providing individual or group counselling, psychotherapy and/or psychiatric treatment for Syrians

UNHCR’s mental health and psychosocial support

Meyer, S., Eds.: UNHCR, (2013)

A broad range of UNHCR’s key priorities overlap with MHPSS issues – for example, child protection and sexual and gender-based violence [SGBV] prevention and response. Despite all these existent synergies, UNHCR’s current policies and guidelines do not sufficiently link with MHPSS principles. For example, the Community Services section, which is closely aligned to the principles of MHPSS and could be well-positioned to guide the implementation of related programs, has not adopted the MHPSS language or approach. There are opportunities for UNHCR to engage more strongly and clearly in this field. However, this requires a vision for how the organisation as a whole, and particular sectors within the organisation, will engage within the field of MHPSS activities. For a start, UNHCR can work to improve its understanding and framing of mental health and psychosocial issues, and how these issues fit within its broader mandate. While the majority of MHPSS activities are delivered by implementing partners, UNHCR staff require familiarity with core principles in the field, such as the Intervention Pyramid contained in the IASC Guidelines, in order to support and monitor quality MHPSS activities.

Refugee Health

Médecins sans Frontières, (1997)

An approach to emergency situations

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