How to build better mental health systems after emergencies
In this podcast Dr Mark Van Ommeren, WHO focal point for mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies discuss the World Health Organization report, Building Back Better: sustainable mental health care after emergencies.
Dr Mark van Ommeren is WHO focal point for mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies. He is advising and supporting governments, NGOs, and UN organizations in providing the best possible social and mental health supports to people affected by war and other disaster - with a special focus on mental health system recovery. He has played a key role in initiating and drafting a range of normative documents currently used in large emergencies, including relevant IASC Guidelines, Sphere Standards, WHO guidelines and protocols, and WHO assessment tools. He is also member of the WHO mhGAP team where he is focal point for psychological interventions as well as for depression, bereavement and posttraumatic stress disorder.