Key findings and recommendations of this review

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Key findings and recommendations of this review FINDING 1: UNHCR has not adequately engaged with MHPSS concepts, definitions and approaches Recommendations: 1. UNHCR should strongly and clearly articulate its role in the field of MHPSS by developing and issuing a MHPSS strategy 2. UNHCR should promote and adapt the key principles in the field of MHPSS activities, including the Intervention Pyramid, within the organisation and within current policy approaches 3. UNHCR should seek to build internal capacity to develop, implement and support MHPSS activities FINDING 2: There is a lack of strong assessment of MHPSS needs, and monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS interventions in the humanitarian sector Recommendations: 4. UNHCR should identify feasible and effective assessment and evaluation methodologies and select commonly implemented MHPSS activities to evaluate, publishing case studies of results 5. UNHCR should play a central role in translating and disseminating research findings to practice and field-settings 8 UNHCR’S MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR PERSONS OF CONCERN
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FINDING 3: The sectoral nature of UNHCR’s work currently limits integration of MHPSS activities across the organisation Recommendations: 6. UNHCR staff in different sectors should complete a mandatory online course on how to protect and promote the dignity and psychosocial well-being of displaced persons during their daily work. 7. UNHCR should operationalise models for increased collaboration and communication on MHPSS activities, ensuring that Health, Protection and Community Services sectors utilise a MHPSS framework that enables referral systems and linkages between activities 8. UNHCR should clarify the role of Community Services as lead on Level 2 activities (strengthening family and community supports), linking current activities to best practices in the MHPSS field and ensuring Community Services has the resources and expertise to support these activities 9. UNHCR participatory assessments should be used to develop strategies to strengthen family and community self help and social supports. FINDING 4: Synergies between Protection and MHPSS within UNHCR are not being maximised Recommendations: 10. UNHCR should frame MHPSS activities as core components of its protection mandate 11. UNHCR should integrate MHPSS principles and approaches into core protection activities FINDING 5: There is a lack of guidance on how to support MHPSS programs in non-emergency and/or urban settings Recommendations: 12. UNHCR should lead development of MHPSS guidelines for non-emergency and urban settings 13. UNHCR should assess the role of MHPSS activities in the context of protracted refugee situations impacted by resettlement and/ or repatriation, identifying key interventions that should be supported as a part of ongoing activities or phasing out of humanitarian support FINDING 6: Clinical mental health services can be increased and strengthened Recommendation: 14. UNHCR should actively engage implementing partners who have expertise to manage severe mental health problems in adults and children 9 A Global Review
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  • Humanitarian aid, psychosocial support

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