3 unhcr 2008a unhcr 2010 iraqi refugee child at the

  • No School
  • AA 1
  • 92

This preview shows page 12 - 14 out of 92 pages.

3 UNHCR (2008a); UNHCR (2010). Iraqi refugee child at the Restart centre for rehabilitation of victims of torture and violence taken during a trip to Tripoli. © UNHCR / Amine Osman 12 UNHCR’S MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR PERSONS OF CONCERN
Image of page 12
Mental health and psychosocial support is also inextricably linked to protection. Symptoms of mental distress may be caused by protection concerns – for example, cases of female adolescent suicide in a province in Afghanistan were found to be a result to forced early marriage, indicating how protection concerns can result in serious mental health and psychosocial issues. Conversely, substance abuse problems can lead to increases in violence, including sexual and gender-based violence [SGBV], indicating a way in which addressing mental health and psychosocial issues can result in improved protection. Promotion of well-being of PoC through integration of MHPSS activities and services into UNHCR’s core work is both necessary and timely. However, as this review found, UNHCR is currently not well positioned to support and oversee quality MHPSS programs. There is a lack of consensus within UNHCR on the appropriate role of MHPSS activities in programs, often limiting the potential impact of existing MHPSS programs. UNHCR staff have limited capacity to make the case for MHPSS in their programs, and there is often a disconnect between MHPSS activities in Community Services and Health and Protection. The question of how UNHCR should be situated as an organisation within the MHPSS field is currently unanswered. There has been considerable debate and contention within UNHCR around whether further engagement with and support of MHPSS activities is appropriate. A central issue that emerged in the course of this review is whether the MHPSS framework would provide any added value to UNHCR, especially in a context where other similar and over-lapping approaches, including community-based protection and AGDM, already exist within the agency. This debate appears to have limited UNHCR’s role, rather than clarified it, and has held UNHCR back from taking practical actions to improve its approach to mental health and psychosocial issues. There are practical actions UNHCR can take to further engage with the approach, in order to achieve the following objectives: 1) quality improvement for programs and activities in the field, 2) co-ordination and communication with implementing partners and other agencies, and, 3) most importantly, improved mental health and psychosocial well-being for displaced persons. The method and data sources for this review are: An in-depth analysis of academic literature focusing on MHPSS issues; Review of reports and guidelines from other UN agencies and NGOs, including policy analysis of UNHCR policy guidelines in relevant sectors [see Annex 1 for list of documents consulted]; Telephone and in-person interviews with UNHCR staff, individuals responsible for MHPSS programs at other UN agencies and international NGOs, and academics (47 respondents)
Image of page 13
Image of page 14

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 92 pages?

  • Fall '19
  • Humanitarian aid, psychosocial support

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors