While mental health and psychosocial problems are common in all communities of the world, these problems are much more frequent among people who have faced adversity, such as exposure to a humanitarian crisis. A key element of responding to these problems is a better understanding of needs and resources. WHO and UNHCR receive frequent requests from the field to advise on assessment of mental health and psychosocial issues in humanitarian settings.
This document is rooted in two policy documents, the IASC Reference Group’s (2010) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies: What Should Humanitarian Health Actors Know? and the Sphere Handbook’s Standard on Mental Health (Sphere Project, 2011). This document is written primarily for public health actors. As the social determinants of mental health and psychosocial problems occur across sectors, half of the tools in the accompanying toolkit cover MHPSS assessment issues relevant to other sectors as well as the health sector. This document should help you to collect the necessary information to assist people affected by humanitarian crises more effectively.
- How to Assess Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources in Emergency Settings - Webinar (WHO-UNHCR)
If you'd like to learn more on how the WHO-UNHCR toolkit is being used, please refer to the following reports from the field:
- IMC Ethiopia: Baseline Mental Health Situational Analysis from Dollo Ado Somali Refugee Camps (IMC)
- IMC South Sudan: Rapid Mental Health Situational Analysis from Maban Refugee Camps (IMC)
- Rapid Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Situational Assessment following the Nepal Earthquake 2015 (IMC)
- IMC Sierra Leone: Assessment of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Needs and Resources in the Context of Ebola (IMC)
- IMC Libya: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Assessment Report (IMC)
- Mental Health/Psychosocial and Child Protection Assessment for Syrian Refugee Adolescents in Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan (IMC)