Welcome! The MHPSS Network is a growing global platform for connecting people, networks and organisations, for sharing resources and for building knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of adversity. We aspire to building and shaping good practice in support of people affected by difficult events or circumstances.
“ The Mental Health & Psychosocial Network aspires to
improve mental health and psychosocial well being in
emergencies and situations of adversity by improving access to
people, resources and knowledge. ”
Who can join?
Membership is free and open to the wide range of people and organisations engaged with mental health and psychosocial support. Whether you are a frontline worker, a university researcher, a government policy-maker, a humanitarian manager, a journalist, a trainee practitioner or student, a member of an affected community or a development donor – this site is for you!
How does this work?
The online platform provides a way for members to share resources, join groups and interact with others, based on their work and interests.
Recognizing that technology alone is not always sufficient to enable exchange or grow communities of practice, the network also has a team of global hosts who support members in using the site, and in making connections across the network.
The global hosting team are themselves MHPSS practitioners, with diverse backgrounds and working in different parts of the world.
Who Runs the Network?
You do. The Network provides a platform for members to lead and sustain exchanges and collaboration within the field. Members can take initiative to create groups around specific interests and actively host these. The sharing of resources, discussion amongst peers and other contributions to the life of the network must be driven by the members who use it.
Recognizing that the network’s membership also sometimes needs support and assistance, the day-to-day online functioning of the network is guided by a team of global hosts with diverse interests, specific areas of expertise and located in different parts of the world. Every member is assigned a host to welcome and support them in participating in the Network and using the website. Together the hosting team is there to help make connections and build community.
The team currently comprises Emmanuel Streel (Egypt), Wendy Ager (New York), Brighton Gwezera (Zimbabwe) and Chathuri Jayasooriyya (Sri Lanka). Chathuri also functions as the Network Host, coordinating the global hosts and liaising with the Network’s Coordinator Alison Strang (UK), governance structure and web developer.
Here is the group that gathered for our Hosts annual meeting during a cold January week in Edinburgh!
A Stewarding Group, representing some of the diversity of the broad MHPSS field, is tasked with the responsibility for governance of the Network and sustaining its vision and ethos.
The current members of the Stewarding Group are:
Lisa Langhaug (Zimbabwe), REPSSI
Ananda Galappatti (Sri Lanka), The Good Practice Group
Birgitte Yigen (Denmark), IFRC Psychosocial Reference Centre
Sabine Rakotomalala (Switzerland), Terre des hommes
Elizabeth de Castro (Philippines), Psychosocial Support and Child Rights Resource Centre
Sanjana Hattotuwa (Sri Lanka), ICT4Peace Foundation
We are guided by these principles:
• Pluralistic and inclusive
• Local context at the centre
• Light in structure and process
• Flexible and evolutionary
• Follow clear remit
• Realistic goals
• Sustainable structure and finance
The Stewarding Group operates according to an agreed Stewarding Group ToR.
An annual report is published each year.
Who supports the Network?
The MHPSS Network received financial and in-kind contributions from UNICEF (New York Headquarters), UNHCR (Geneva Headquarters), WHO (Geneva Headquarters), IFRC (Secretariat in Geneva & Psychosocial Support Centre in Copenhagen), Terre des hommes-Child Relief (Switzerland), REPSSI (Secretariat, Johannesburg), Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland (Edinburgh), The Good Practice Group (Colombo) and individuals, based in both high-income and developing countries.
The MHPSS Network continues to depend on the support of users and key stakeholders to provide and expand the facilities offered. To provide feedback, explore partnership and offer financial support, please contact us.
To make a contribution to the network, please contact our Coordinator, Alison Strang.