Mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies

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Mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies is critical need for any population exposed to extreme stressors, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors and terrorism-, war- or genocide-exposed populations.

Publications

Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers

This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event.
It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. Endorsed by many international agencies, the guide reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to support people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events

Building Back Better

Emergencies, in spite of their tragic nature and adverse effects on mental health, are unparalleled opportunities to build better mental health systems for all people in need. This WHO publication shows how this was done in 10 diverse emergency-affected areas.
This is important because mental health is crucial to the overall well-being, functioning, and resilience of individuals, societies, and countries recovering from emergencies.

Mental Health in Emergencies (Fact Sheet)

WHO-recommended psychological first aid involves humane, supportive and practical help to people who are suffering after crisis events. This support should be provided to people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. It covers both social and psychological support.

Contact Information

WHO Philippines
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E-mail: who.phl@wpro.who.int

WHO work in the Philippines

WHO Country Cooperation Strategy for the Philippines 2011-2016

WHO Philippines Annual Report 2011