1 Iasc Guidelines The IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Iasc Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings Support in Emergency Settings reflect the insights of numerous agencies and practitioners worldwide and provide valuable information to organisations and individuals on how to respond in Emergency Settings appropriately during humanitarian emergencies. Specific action sheets offer useful guidance on Mental Health and psychosocial support, and cover the following areas: Coordination Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Protection and Human Rights Standards Human Resources Community Mobilisation and Support Health Services Education Dissemination of Information Food Security and Nutrition Shelter and Site Planning Water and Sanitation The Guidelines include a matrix, with guidance for emergency planning, actions to be taken in the early stages of an emergency and comprehensive responses needed in the recovery and rehabilitation phases.
2 The matrix is a valuable tool for use in coordination, collaboration and advocacy efforts. It provides a framework for mapping the extent to which essential first responses are being implemented during an emergency. The Guidelines include a companion CD-ROM, which contains the full Guidelines and also resource documents in electronic format. Published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the Guidelines give humanitarian actors useful inter-agency, inter-sectoral guidance and tools for responding effectively in the midst of emergencies. Iasc Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings Foreword Inter-Agency Standing Committee 2007 The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) issues these Guidelines to enable The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) was established in 1992 in response to General humanitarian actors to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum multi-sectoral Assembly Resolution 46/182, which called for strengthened coordination of humanitarian assistance.
3 Responses to protect and improve people's Mental Health and psychosocial well-being The resolution set up the IASC as the primary mechanism for facilitating inter-agency decision-making in the midst of an emergency. in response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. The IASC is formed by the heads of a broad Populations affected by emergencies frequently experience enormous suffering. range of UN and non-UN humanitarian organisations. For further information on the IASC, please Humanitarian actors are increasingly active to protect and improve people's Mental access its website at: Health and psychosocial well-being during and after emergencies. A significant gap, This IASC publication will be available in different languages and can be obtained from the IASC.
4 However, has been the absence of a multi-sectoral, inter-agency framework that enables website at: effective coordination, identifies useful practices, flags potentially harmful practices Cover page photos: International Rescue Committee and clarifies how different approaches to Mental Health and psychosocial support Suggested citation: complement one another. Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) (2007). IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial The Guidelines offer essential advice on how to facilitate an integrated Support in Emergency Settings. Geneva: IASC. approach to address the most urgent Mental Health and psychosocial issues in For feedback or suggestions for the improvement of this publication, please e-mail: emergency situations.
5 Or I would like to thank the members of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and specifically the Task Force co-chairs, WHO and InterAction, for achieving inter-agency consensus on minimum responses in this important area of humanitarian aid. I call upon all those who are involved in humanitarian assistance to implement these Guidelines . Kasidis Rochanakorn Chair, Inter-Agency Standing Committee Working Group Director, OCHA Geneva ii iasc Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings Acknowledgements iii Acknowledgements The Inter-Agency Standing Committee M dicos del Mundo (MdM-Spain) The Task Force is grateful for comments Goa; South African Institute for Task Force on Mental Health and M decins Sans Fronti res Holland on earlier versions of the matrix and/or Traumatic Stress; STEPS Consulting Psychosocial Support in Emergency (MSF-Holland) selected Action Sheets by individual Social; Tanganyika Christian Refugee Settings wishes to thank everybody who reviewers affiliated with the following Service.
6 Terre des Hommes Oxfam GB. has collaborated on the development organisations: Foundation; The Foundation for Refugees Education Trust (RET). of these Guidelines . Special thanks to Children and War; Turkish Red the following agencies who are members Save the Children UK (SC-UK) Crescent Society; War Child Holland. NGOs: Aga Khan Development of the Task Force and whose staff have International Federation of Red Cross Network; Antares Foundation;. developed these Guidelines : and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Austrian Red Cross; BasicNeeds; Universities: Birzeit University West International Organization for CARE USA; Child Fund Afghanistan; Bank; Boston University; Columbia Action Contre la Faim (ACF) Migration (IOM) Church of Sweden Aid; Church University; Harvard University.
7 InterAction (co-chair), through: Office for the Coordination of World Service; Community and Johns Hopkins University; Karolinska American Red Cross (ARC) Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Family Services International; Enfants Institutet; Kent State University; King's R fugi s du Monde; Fundaci n College; London School of Hygiene Christian Children's Fund (CCF) United Nations Children's Fund Dos Mundos; Global Psycho-Social and Tropical Medicine; Northumbria (UNICEF). International Catholic Migration Initiatives; Handicap International; University; Pomona College; San Jose Commission (ICMC) United Nations High Commissioner Headington Institute; Human Rights State University; State University of for Refugees (UNHCR).
8 International Medical Corps (IMC) Watch; Impact Foundation; New York; Uniformed Services United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) International Critical Incident Stress University of the Health Sciences;. International Rescue Committee (IRC) World Food Programme (WFP) Foundation; International University of Colombo; University World Health Organization (WHO) Rehabilitation Council for Torture of Geneva; University of Jaffna;. Mercy Corps (co-chair) Victims; Jesuit Refugee Service; University of Lund; University of Save the Children USA (SC-USA). M decins Sans Fronti res Switzerland; Maryland; University of Melbourne;. Inter-Agency Network for Education M decins Sans Fronti res Spain; University of New South Wales.
9 In Emergencies (INEE) The WHO Department of Mental Health Norwegian Refugee Council; University of Oxford; University and Substance Abuse (through funds International Council of Voluntary Palestinian Red Crescent Society; of Pennsylvania; University of South from the Government of Italy) and the Agencies (ICVA), through: People in Aid; Programa Psicosocial Dakota; University of Western Sydney;. Christian Children's Fund are gratefully ActionAid International en Chiapas; Psychologues du Monde; University of the Philippines;. acknowledged for making available PULIH Foundation Indonesia; Victoria University; Vrije Universiteit CARE Austria substantial staff member time towards Refugees International; Sangath Centre Amsterdam; Wageningen University.
10 HealthNet-TPO facilitating the project. iv iasc Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings Acknowledgements . Table of contents Others ( professional associations, Intervention: International Journal Foreword iii government agencies, consortia, of Mental Health , Psychosocial Work Acknowledgements iv networks): American Psychiatric and Counselling in Areas Chapter 1. Introduction 1 Association; American Psychological of Armed Conflict; Mangrove Background 1. Association; Asian Harm Reduction Psychosocial Support and Mental Health and psychosocial impact of emergencies 2. Network; Canadian Forces Mental Coordination Unit; Ministry of Health , The Guidelines 5. Health Services; Cellule d'Urgence Iran; Ministry of Health , Sri Lanka.