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Why MHPSS?

Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs is a central part of the Movement’s broader objectives to prevent and alleviate human suffering, to protect life, health and dignity and to promote health and social welfare among individuals and communities. All Movement components (National Societies, the IFRC and ICRC) are expected to fully implement the comprehensive measures critical to addressing mental health and psychosocial needs as captured by the MHPSS Policy and Resolution.

Where does one start? On this page you will find more information on MHPSS in the Movement, have access to the numerous Movement-wide MHPSS surveys, learn more about the MHPSS Framework and basic PSS, and guidance on how to integrate and advocate for MHPSS.

MHPSS in the Movement

In 2020, a joint roadmap was developed by the IFRC, the ICRC and National Societies as a way forward for the Movement to implement the policy and resolution. The roadmap supports a strategic and coordinated approach to implementation of the policy and resolution and identifies six priority action areas. These areas were selected as areas on which all Movement components could work and show collective impact and highlight MHPSS as part of our core identify and brand. It sets out key activities for National Societies, IFRC and ICRC and for the Movement as a whole and outlines the outputs and outcomes expected by 2024. The roadmap is not intended as a standalone document but should be read together with the policy and resolution. IFRC, ICRC and National Societies are supporting and coordinating the rollout of the roadmap through a number of working groups, representing the priority action areas.

Strategy & Policy
Resolution 2: Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies
2019
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Strategy & Policy
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement policy on addressing mental health and psychosocial needs
2019
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Strategy & Policy
A roadmap for implementing International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement commitments on addressing mental health and psychosocial needs 2020 – 2024
2024
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Reports
Joint Statement Progress Report on Resolution 2
2022
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Videos
Let's Act Together
2020
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Implementing the Policy

In doubt about how to use the MHPSS policy and resolution? – See the below resources for support and inspiration.

Videos
Webinar: How To Use The Movement Policy And Resolution On Addressing Mental Health And Psychosocial Needs
2020
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Information
E-learning: Movement Policy on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs: from Policy to Practice
2022
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Videos
Implementing the MHPSS Policy and Roadmap at the Colombian Red Cross
2023
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Guides & Tools
The MHPSS Roadmap PowerPoint Presentation template
2023
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The MHPSS Framework

From the most basic psychosocial support to specialist support – see the Framework to understand the levels of MHPSS within the Movement.

Information
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Framework
2021
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Videos
The Movement's Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Framework and the Mocca Family
2020
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Information
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Framework
2021
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Reports
Mapping of basic PSS training courses
2023
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Integrating MHPSS

All National Societies, the IFRC, and the ICRC should guarantee the basic level of psychosocial support, as described in the Movement’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Framework, and assess needs, refer and advocate to the full spectrum of the Movement’s MHPSS Framework. Integrating MHPSS across sectors will allow the components to reach more people and ensure that persons in need of more specialized MHPSS services are identified and properly referred. 

Integration is also critical to reducing stigma, discrimination and exclusion. In this context, integration refers to awareness raising and ensuring MHPSS factors, evidence and resources are considered and included in all aspects of our activities given how people are impacted variously regarding their mental health and psychosocial well-being.

Guides & Tools
Guidance Document: Integrate MHPSS
2023
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Guides & Tools
Key messages to support the integration of MHPSS across 4 specific sectors
2023
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MHPSS advocacy and awareness-raising

When engaging with authorities and decision-makers to influence policy and mobilize resources for the MHPSS cause, National Societies will find key messages from the Movement on MHPSS and the importance of MHPSS below.

Guides & Tools
Guidance document: MHPSS key messages for high-level advocacy
2022
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Videos
World Mental Health Day
2019
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Videos
The importance of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
2021
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Barriers to the provision of MHPSS

Mental health and psychosocial needs remain unmet for different reasons, some of these include the prevalent stigma around mental health; the lack of protection of affected people; limited access to services; including the understanding of the continuum of MHPSS care with reference to the Movement MHPSS framework varies between the Movement components. This impacts the coordination, communication and collaboration resulting in a lack of access to services across the layers of MHPSS framework, as well as inefficient use of resources.

Guides & Tools
Resources which Challenge Mental Health Stigma
2023
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Guides & Tools
Anti-stigma social media cards
2023
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