**Deadline extended to 6th of August**
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies training
Emergencies affect and may even destroy community and family resources. They also undermine personal coping strategies and social connections, which would normally support people. Human, social, and economic consequences are long-term and far-reaching and affect entire communities and societies. Most people who experience humanitarian emergencies show resilience and can manage their distress if they can activate their personal coping strategies and have access to basic services and external resources, such as the support of their families, friends, and community. Early and appropriate mental health and psychosocial support helps prevent distress from developing into more severe mental health and psychosocial conditions.
An emergency and disaster intervention effort without a mental health and psychosocial support strategy is incomplete, and mainstreaming MHPSS throughout disaster response and recovery operations will make them more effective. In times of emergencies, disaster managers and psychosocial responders are responsible for planning and supporting basic psychosocial support activities as part of the emergency response.
This training prepares disaster managers, emergency team leaders and psychosocial responders for work in the field by understanding basic concepts of psychosocial support in emergencies as well as planning and implementing PSS activities. It is for MHPSS focal points from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Movement and humanitarian organizations responsible for initiating or supporting the overall mental health and psychosocial activities and interventions during emergencies.