Throughout the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the wider humanitarian community there is an increasing recognition of the need and value of producing evidence to support and enhance humanitarian work across all sectors.
In June 2015 Swedish Red Cross hosted a Movement wide meeting on Psychological Consequences of Armed Conflicts and Violence. During the meeting it became clear that more research is needed to support and further develop activities and methods to address the psychological effects of armed conflicts and to strengthen psychosocial support efforts overall.
As a result the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) was established in June 2016 during a two-day workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The vision of the Research Network on MHPSS is to provide effective humanitarian action through a strengthened evidence-base in the Movement for mental health and psychosocial support for beneficiaries, volunteers and staff. This will be done through encouraging, commissioning, producing and disseminating research, including exploring the potential for future research partnerships on MHPSS topics.
Membership is open to individuals engaged in research on MHPSS topics and associated to the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and affiliated membership is open to individuals with experience in MHPSS research in humanitarian settings. If you are interested in the network or want to know more about its work, please get in touch with us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org