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Resolution 2 – Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies

Summary

The resolution seeks to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies. Such crises can take an immense toll on the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of affected individuals, families and communities. Mental health and psychosocial needs increase extensively because of these situations, and people with pre-existing mental health concerns often face challenges. Limited access to quality services, limited human resources for mental health and psychosocial support and the lack of protection of affected people, in combination with the pervasive stigma around mental health, contribute to the growing gap between need and response.
 
The 33rd International Conference adopted the resolution “Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies” which calls for the following action:

  • Ensure early access to mental health and psychosocial support and strengthen local and community-based response
  • Ensure comprehensive and integrated care and support for people with mental health and psychosocial needs
  • Prevent mental health harm by ensuring the protection and dignity of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and emergencies 
  • Build the capacity of the mental health and psychosocial workforce
  • Protect the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of those responding to humanitarian need

Adopted resolution at the 33rd International Conference

  • Resolution 2 – Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies

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Related activities

Webinar: How to use the Movement policy and resolution on addressing mental health and psychosocial needs

organized by: IFRC Psychosocial Centre

Past event (view video recording of the event)

IFRC Health and Care Conference : Session 5 “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS): where are we one year after the 2019 Statutory Meetings?”

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Organized by: IFRC

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