Mental health and psychosocial consequences of emergencies – A call for global action

November 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the relevance, appropriateness and necessity of Resolution 2, “Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies”. Adopted unanimously at the 33rd International Conference by States and National Societies, this resolution calls for increased efforts to respond to mental health and psychosocial needs. With the pandemic causing uncertainty, additional stress and anxiety, new light has been shed on mental health and psychosocial needs in the public debate. Now, more than ever, multiple and complex humanitarian needs demonstrate the importance of a holistic and integrated response that addresses the diverse mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies.

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