Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings

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Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings

To celebrate the launch of the Internal Medical Corps' Mental Health Integration Toolkit, we have dedicated this forum thread for discussion around 'Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings'. 

The Mental Health Integration Toolkit was developed by the International Medical Corps (IMC) to facilitate the integration of mental health programs within general healthcare in humanitarian settings through a series of steps, components, resources and tools. The Toolkit aims to help implementing agencies, donors and governments obtain valuable guidance for better resource allocation, program design, contextualization, implementation and evaluation. 

In 2019, the World Health Organization and International Medical Corps held a Global Workshop on the Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG) in Kyiv. The Mental Health Integration Toolkit was used to enhance the training for global humanitarian actors. Watch the video below documenting the workshop activities and beneficiaries.


Watch the below video to see IASC MHPSS Technical Working Groups co-chairs at the MHPSS WG Chairs/Co-Chairs retreat and forum in Kiev:


Please use this forum to share your thoughts, comments and queries regarding the Toolkit or topics related to mental health integration within humanitarian settings.

Related resources:

  • TOOLKITIntegration of Mental Health into General Healthcare in Humanitarian Settings
  • BLOG: Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings
  • PODCAST: Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings
  • ABOUT THE TOOLKIT: Read more about the process for developing the toolkit
Resources for World Humanitarian Day
Sunday 19th of August 2018 was World Humanitarian Day, for which the theme was #NotaTarget highlighting the dangers humanitarian aid workers face everyday in conflict and crisis settings. For this year's World Humanitarian Day, we'd like to highlight the amazing resources available within IMC's Toolkit for Mental Health Integration, among which features products for Staff Care and Policy. You can find this resource within Step 2 of the Toolkit 'Building Capacity among Healthcare Workers' ( The Toolkit also features a working document for the challenges and solutions facing capacity building for healthcare workers in humanitarian settings. We would love to hear from you on the resources you use for building capacity in healthcare workers within humanitarian settings. Let us know on this forum!
Call to Action #WorldMentalHealthDay: Mental Health Integration
In this #WMHD blog Ashley Leichner, Senior Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer from International Medical Corps’ highlights the events taking place to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day and discusses how the MH Integration Toolkit serves an important role in strengthening integrated mental health solutions for improved access to mental health care in vulnerable settings.
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Hi, Unprecedented

Hi, Unprecedented humanitarian crises are occurring now, and many of them are both caused by and made worse by armed conflict. More than 80 million people worldwide who live in conflict-affected communities are frequently compelled to flee their homes in appalling circumstances and live without even the most basic necessities for survival.

Refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) may experience additional stressors such as poverty, discrimination, overcrowding, disconnecting from their previous sources of social support, and food and resource insecurity after having already experienced stressful events in their home countries—violence and loss. The COVID-19 epidemic has added to these difficulties by causing widespread anxiety, fear, and poverty. As a result, these communities experience hardship on many different levels, which raises their risk of acquiring mental health problems.