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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Settings 

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Settings
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Settings

Wietse A. Tol

, Pierre Bastin

, Mark J. D. Jordans

, Harry Minas

, Renato Souza

, Inka Weissbecker

, and Mark Van Ommeren

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date: 02 August 2021

This chapter provides an overview of current consensus on best practices in the field of mental health and psychosocial support interventions in humanitarian settings. We summarize the evidence for interventions and present international consensus on research priorities in this field. Despite the emerging nature and the polarized views in this area of work, recent initiatives have started to show more unified perspectives on best practices in research and intervention. Based on a summary of a number of such recent policy and research efforts, gaps in knowledge and recommendations for practice and research are highlighted. These include the need for a stronger evidence base, especially for the most commonly implemented interventions; efforts to narrow the gap between practitioners and researchers; stronger attention to the sustainability of humanitarian interventions; and the need for developing integrated health sector and community-based systems of prevention and care.

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