Armed conflicts, collective violence and other emergencies give rise to extensive mental health problems and psychosocial suffering among millions of men, women, boys and girls around the world. The humanitarian impact is extensive and affects communities and societies as a whole.
The mental health and psychosocial needs of victims of armed conflicts, disasters and other emergencies are not adequately addressed today. This workshop was an opportunity for the Movement to initiate a process to develop a common framework to harmonize mental health and psychosocial approaches and improve the effectiveness of its response, including the psychosocial well-being of the Movement’s volunteers and staff. The conclusions informed the selection of specific topics to be discussed further at the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 2019.