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used to develop strategies to strengthen family and community self help and social supports. 1. Ensure that orientation on a MHPSS approach is incorporated into training within the water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter and site planning, and camp management sectors 2. Develop a range of training mechanisms for Community Services, Protection and Health staff, focusing on MHPSS concepts, principles and skills 3. Identify where MHPSS responsibility lies in field operations, including appointing Focal Points or creating specific MHPSS units where the context requires Finding 4: Synergies between protection and MHPSS within UNHCR are not being maximised 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 1. Adopt MHPSS orientations, including Psychological First Aid, for protection staff interacting with PoC during registration, refugee status determination, response to SGBV, best interest determination and resettlement interviews. 2. Incorporate discussion of social components of protection within policy statements and programmatic guidance 71 A Global Review
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Finding Key recommendations Implementation strategy Finding 5: There is a lack of guidance on how to support MHPSS programs in non-emergency and/ or urban settings 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 1. Utilise role in the IASC MHPSS Reference Group to prioritise developing adapted Guidelines that specifically address MHPSS interventions in non-emergency settings and urban environments 2. Profile case studies of MHPSS activities in protracted refugee situations in flux Finding 6: Clinical mental health services can be increased and strengthened 14. UNHCR should actively engage implementing partners who have expertise to manage severe mental health problems in adults and children 1. Map and identify national capacity or implementing partners with capacity to provision of clinical mental health services in field settings 2. UNHCR should work to develop protocols and operational tools to support improved clinical mental health services. 72 UNHCR’S MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR PERSONS OF CONCERN
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References: A. Ager Mental health issues in refugee populations: a review . Boston: Harvard Center for the Study of Culture and Medicine (1993). Consensus and professional practice in psychosocial intervention: political achievement, core knowledge-base and prompt for further enquiry (2008).
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