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programs across the organisation. The evaluation did not include field visits to UNHCR operations, or consultations with refugees, IDPs, asylum seekers or stateless people. As such, the need for and impact of MHPSS activities from their perspective cannot be fully included, and is instead reflected through analysis of other literature and needs assessments that have sought to capture these needs and impacts. Finally, given the way in which expenditure is tracked and MHPSS programs are categorised, it is impossible to determine the scope of financial resources that UNHCR has committed to MHPSS activities. Section II of the review will provide definitions adopted for this review, as well as discussion of research that has highlighted the need for MHPSS activities in humanitarian settings. Within this discussion, key historical events and influences on the development of MHPSS as a field of practice will be presented, including the IASC MHPSS Guidelines. Section III focuses on the role of UNHCR within this field, presenting findings from a survey of UNHCR’s MHPSS operations, as well as providing an overview of UNHCR’s role in MHPSS activities in the Syria response. Section III will additionally map UNHCR’s policy guidelines and approaches that are relevant to and overlapping with MHPSS activities and principles, exploring the commonalities and differences in approaches in UNHCR policies and the MHPSS approach. Throughout Sections II and III, Program Snapshots are provided – descriptions of MHPSS activities that are implemented in the field, presenting a range of activities that span the scope of interventions and approaches recommended in the IASC Guidelines and demonstrating the range of interventions available to address MHPSS needs. Section IV outlines the primary findings of this review, identifying issues that are influencing UNHCR’s opportunities to ensure quality MHPSS activities and interventions. Framed around the central principle of UNHCR’s responsibility to work towards improving well-being as part of its protection mandate, this review provides recommendations to adopt in order to achieve the policy development and program expansion needed to address the pressing mental health and psychosocial issues prevalent in humanitarian settings. 14 UNHCR’S MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR PERSONS OF CONCERN
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2. Mental health and psychosocial support – development of a field of practice 2.1 Definitions This review adopts and utilises the commonly accepted definition from the IASC Guidelines, recognising that it has provided a basis for common language and improved communication within this field [see Textbox 1]. However, it is evident that definitions and language in this field has often been contested and confused. Indeed, this review identified concerns prevalent amongst UNHCR staff that the terminology utilised in the field of MHPSS is too technical, confusing and alienating.
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