20110801 Advocacy Package: Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
Advocacy Package: Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
The experience of an emergency can significantly impact the Mental Health and psychosocial well-being of a person.
Exposure to violence or disaster, loss of, or separation from family members and friends, deterioration in living conditions, inability to provide for one’s self and family, and lack of access to services can all have immediate, as well as long-term consequences for individuals, families and communities’ balance and fulfillment. With the right support, the majority of people will be able to overcome the difficult experiences.
The manner in which aid is administered has psychosocial impacts that may either support or cause harm to affected people.
Humanitarian action is strengthened if at the earliest, appropriate moment, affected people are engaged in guiding and implementing the disaster response. Aid should be delivered in a compassionate manner that promotes dignity, enables self-advocacy through meaningful participation, respects the importance of religious and cultural practices, and strengthens the ability of community people to support their children, families and neighbors.