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New Group: Zika – Microcephaly, Emergency Response, 2016. JOIN NOW..
February 7, 2016
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New Group - Microcephaly, Emergency Response, 2016

 

The rapid spread of Zika virus across the globe, but especially in the Americas, and its association with congenital deformities in babies and neurological conditions in adults and children has been widely reported in recent weeks. The World Health Organization has declared that Zika Virus constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

This group is designated to provide a forum for discussion, sharing knowledge and practices on the ongoing initiatives for the Zika/Microcephaly emergency response. This can include sharing practices, case studies, guidelines, materials (Information, Educational and communication health materials), research results or work in progress which can support practitioners, researchers, policy makers to respond to this emergency.

Click this link to join the group on the Zika – Microcephaly, Emergency Response, 2016

Now Available in Multiple Languages! A multi-agency guidance note on “MHPSS for Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Migrants on the Move in Europe”
January 11, 2016
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A multi-agency guidance note – “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Migrants on the Move in Europe” is now available here in the English language.

 

 

 

To access the translations please click on the following links:

This brief guidance note provides advice on protecting and supporting the mental health and psychosocial well being of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants on the move in Europe. It describes key principles and appropriate interventions to guide all those who are designing and organizing emergency services and/or providing direct assistance to the affected people.

JOIN GROUP: Europe-Mediterranean 2015 Migration Response. Click here to join
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Europe-Mediterranean 2015 Migration Response – Join Group on mhpss.net

This group is designated to provide a forum for discussion, sharing knowledge and practices on the ongoing Europe-Mediterranean 2015 Migration Response. This can include sharing practices, case studies, guidelines, research results or work in progress which can support practitioners, researchers, policy makers or programmers supporting settlement of refugees in Europe.

Click this link to join the group on the Europe-Mediterranean 2015 Migration Response

Final Report of the Hague Symposium “Growing up in conflict” is available now
December 26, 2015
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GROWING UP IN CONFLICT : THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL WELLBEING

( 26-28 MAY, THE HAGUE)

The Final report on this symposium is available at this link.

Recordings of the “Growing up in Conflict” Symposium sessions on 26th and 27th May 2015 are available to view via this link on MHPSS.net.

The Symposium on “Growing Up in Conflict”  assembled experts on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS); practitioners, especially colleagues from agencies working in conflict-affected countries; academics; and representatives from United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to review the state of field in terms of knowledge and evidence, share insights on current field practice and programming, and make recommendations for advancing knowledge and practice.

The Symposium was hosted by UNICEF in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands in The Hague and supported by UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy programme, ‘Learning for Peace’, which implements innovative programming on education for peacebuilding in 14 countries around the world. The Symposium was intended to inform a range of initiatives such as No Lost Generation, which address the immediate and long-term consequences of the Syria crisis on a generation of children and youth.

The Symposium featured two days of panels and expert discussions, followed by a day for a core group of practitioners to share experiences in a planning workshop. This third day offered field colleagues from different agencies the chance to collaborate and learn from each other. The Symposium also provided an opportunity for advocacy. In particular, the concluding session of the second day brought together donor governments and practitioners from the field. The outputs of the Symposium will contribute to advocacy around the World Humanitarian Summit and post-2015 Development Agenda discussions

Webinar Recording Now Available
November 15, 2015
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Integration of Mental Health into Primary Health Care Services during Humanitarian Emergencies

Thursday, 29th of October, 2015, 16:00 UTC

Webinar Recording now available at this link. (Length : 1 hour 37 minutes including Q&A session)

Humanitarian emergencies constitute a significant challenge to health services in general and mental health services specifically. At the same time, these emergencies are usually ‘windows’ for change and introduction of new policies, and strategies. Integration of mental health into primary health care services is identified as an effective way of overcoming the lack of specialized mental health professionals, inaccessible mental health services, and stigma associated with mental illness. Starting this process of integration during the emergency or shortly after has its own requirements and contextual adaptation. mhpss.net through the webinar ‘Integration of Mental Health into Primary Health Care Services during Humanitarian Emergencies ’ is trying to explore the various aspects of this process and highlight lessons learned from different areas of the world. The webinar will include presentations by Dr. Peter Hughes (United Kingdom), and Dr. Neerja Chowdhary (India). The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Mohamed Elshazly, Global Host for MENA Region at mhpss.net. 

About our speakers:

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Dr. Neerja Chowdhary, as a psychiatrist with a keen interest in public mental health. She spent the last 10 years in India gaining valuable experience in development of mental health interventions (and manuals) for delivery by non-specialists in low resource settings, training and supervision of specialists and non-specialists to ensure highest quality of care, networking and collaborating with government and NGO partners and disseminating research findings to various stakeholders, including policy makers. She led community based clinical and research programs in which the main goal has been integrating mental health in already existing health systems. She a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an additional qualification that has contributed to strengthening her public health skills.  Her experience in humanitarian settings includes assignments in Chad, Libya and Afghanistan. Her current position with International Medical Corps as the Global Mental Health Coordinator involves the evaluation and documentation of three programs that have used the WHO  mhGAP material to integrate mental health in general health care settings.

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Dr. Peter Hughes, Consultant Psychiatrist/ Hon Senior Lecturer Springfield University Hospital, London. Chair of Volunteering and International Psychiatry special Interest Group at Royal College of Psychiatrists. Lead for Kings Sierra Leone mental health link and Somaliland Kings THET link. Extensive field experience in global mental health including complex humanitarian emergency. Main interest area -training health workers.

Our Host:

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Mohamed Elshazly, is Regional Host for Middle East and North Africa at mhpss.net. Mohamed is a qualified medical doctor and psychiatrist from Egypt with more than a decade of experience in clinical mental health services, training and MHPSS services in emergencies. He is working now as Regional MHPSS Advisor- Middle East, at International Medical Corps.

Click now to join Webinar : Integration of Mental Health into Primary Health Care Services during Humanitarian Emergencies
October 29, 2015
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Integration of Mental Health into Primary Health Care Services during Humanitarian Emergencies

Thursday, 29th of October, 2015, 16:00 UTC

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—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Humanitarian emergencies constitute a significant challenge to health services in general and mental health services specifically. At the same time, these emergencies are usually ‘windows’ for change and introduction of new policies, and strategies. Integration of mental health into primary health care services is identified as an effective way of overcoming the lack of specialized mental health professionals, inaccessible mental health services, and stigma associated with mental illness. Starting this process of integration during the emergency or shortly after has its own requirements and contextual adaptation. mhpss.net through the webinar ‘Integration of Mental Health into Primary Health Care Services during Humanitarian Emergencies ’ is trying to explore the various aspects of this process and highlight lessons learned from different areas of the world. The webinar will include presentations by Dr. Peter Hughes (United Kingdom), and Dr. Neerja Chowdhary (India). The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Mohamed Elshazly, Global Host for MENA Region at mhpss.net. As background reading for this webinar, please check this link with the special issue of  ’Intervention’ journal discussing the integration of Mental Health care into existing systems of health care during and after complex humanitarian emergencies. The webinar will take place on Thursday 29th of October, at 16:00 UTC Follow this link to find out what time that is in your country. To register for the webinar please email dayani [@] mhpss.net with the following information:

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About our speakers : pic-chowdryDr. Neerja Chowdhary, as a psychiatrist with a keen interest in public mental health. She spent the last 10 years in India gaining valuable experience in development of mental health interventions (and manuals) for delivery by non-specialists in low resource settings, training and supervision of specialists and non-specialists to ensure highest quality of care, networking and collaborating with government and NGO partners and disseminating research findings to various stakeholders, including policy makers. She led community based clinical and research programs in which the main goal has been integrating mental health in already existing health systems. She a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an additional qualification that has contributed to strengthening her public health skills.  Her experience in humanitarian settings includes assignments in Chad, Libya and Afghanistan. Her current position with International Medical Corps as the Global Mental Health Coordinator involves the evaluation and documentation of three programs that have used the WHO mhGAP material to integrate mental health in general health care settings.   pic-peterDr. Peter Hughes, Consultant Psychiatrist/ Hon Senior Lecturer Springfield University Hospital, London. Chair of Volunteering and International Psychiatry special Interest Group at Royal College of Psychiatrists. Lead for Kings Sierra Leone mental health link and Somaliland Kings THET link. Extensive field experience in global mental health including complex humanitarian emergency. Main interest area -training health workers.     About our Host: webinar- mohamedMohamed Elshazly, is Regional Host for Middle East and North Africa at mhpss.net. Mohamed is a qualified medical doctor and psychiatrist from Egypt with more than a decade of experience in clinical mental health services, training and MHPSS services in emergencies. He is working now as Regional MHPSS Advisor- Middle East, at International Medical Corps.

DIGNITY IN MENTAL HEALTH – Celebrating World Mental Health Day 2015
October 20, 2015
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The World Federation for Mental Health’s goal when it established World Mental Health Day in 1992 was public education at all levels of society. The Day, celebrated internationally on October 10, has more than fulfilled this aim. It provides an occasion for many regional and local efforts to put the spotlight on a selected aspect of mental health care–with the added bonus of participating in a broadly celebrated international event. “Dignity in Mental Health” provides the kind of topic that is relevant everywhere, and can be defined according to local circumstances and needs. We have collected a group of papers from our expert authors who show that dignity in the mental health context can have many meanings and can be applied to every aspect of care. Further, a concern for dignity counters the discrimination and bias that are all too often encountered by people with mental illness.”

- Excerpt from the message from Dr. Patt Franciosi (Chair, World Mental Health Day World Federation for Mental Health)

Read the material here.

Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians
Syria report UNHCR
A Review for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Staff Working with Syrians Affected by Armed Conflict 2015
This report aims to provide information on the sociocultural background of the Syrian population as well as cultural aspects of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing relevant to care and support. it is based on an extensive review of the available literature on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), within the context of the current armed conflict in Syria.
The document is primarily meant to inform mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) staff, such as: psychologists, psychosocial counsellors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and others who are involved providing individual or group counselling, psychotherapy and/or psychiatric treatment for Syrians. Other humanitarian professionals, such as general health providers working with Syrians or staff involved in public health, community-based protection, community mobilisation, child protection, sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), may find this document useful, although it is not primarily written for them.
The specific information in this review complements more generic guidance, such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and UNHCR’s Operational Guidance for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programming in Refugee Operations. Together with these guidelines, this report can inform the design and delivery of interventions to promote mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of Syrians affected by armed conflict and displacement, both within Syria and in countries hosting refugees from Syria.
Suggested citation: Hassan, G, Kirmayer, LJ, Mekki- Berrada A., Quosh, C., el Chammay, R., Deville-Stoetzel, J.B., Youssef, A., Jefee-Bahloul, H., Barkeel-Oteo, A., Coutts, A., Song, S. & Ventevogel, P. Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians: A Review for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support staff working with Syrians Affected by Armed Conflict. Geneva: UNHCR, 2015
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Webinar Recording: Role of Psychiatrists in Humanitarian Settings
August 19, 2015
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Role of Psychiatrists in Humanitarian Settings (Recording )

Wednesday, 2nd of September, 2015, 15:00 UTC

Humanitarian emergencies have devastating psychological and social effects on individuals, families, communities and societies; increasing the risk of mental health and psychosocial concerns in affected populations. In response to these effects, psychiatrists working within the government or aid agencies are expected to provide a different profile of services that assimilates new concepts related to community support and capacity building activities.

mhpss.net through the webinar ‘Role of Psychiatrists in Humanitarian Settings’ is trying to explore the various aspects of this role through presentations and discussion with a group of psychiatrists who have been working in different contexts and with different agencies.

Watch the recording of the webinar at this link. (Duration Approx. 120 minutes) We apologize for the fact that Internet access difficulties have affected the recording of the introduction at the start of the webinar.

The webinar will start with presentations by Dr. Fahmy Hanna (World Health Organization), and Dr. Peter Ventovogel (UNHCR), followed by feedback and field reflections from Dr. Asmaa Moustafa (Egypt), Dr. Fuad Almossa (Turkey), Dr. Peter Hughes (United Kingdom), and Dr. Sherese Ali (Canada). The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Mohamed Elshazly, Global Host for MENA Region at mhpss.net.

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More information on our speakers:

Webinar-fahmyDr. Fahmy Hanna, a qualified medical doctor and psychiatrist from Egypt, he received his post graduate certificates and trainings in Egypt, UK, India and Italy. Dr. Hanna has more than a decade of experience in mental health services and its development in low and middle income settings. He most recently has served at the WHO office in Damascus /Syria as a Technical officer on mental health during the current crisis in the country; He previously worked at the WHO office in Libya from 2011 to 2014 as a mental health advisor providing technical support for designing and implementing a successful scale up program for mental health and psychosocial services during the conflict and in the post conflict phase. He also served at WHO EMRO office as Technical officer on mental health and substance abuse during 2010-2011 with a focus in his work on mental health of Displaced Iraqis in the region. Dr Hanna, during his career, had visited and provided technical consultations for a wide range of programs on mental health and health of special groups with different donor agencies, Academic institutes ,UN and NGOs in many countries including Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Iran, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Before this, he also served in several strategic positions at the Mental Health Department at Ministry of health in Egypt and supported the development and implementation of the national mental health information system and the national advocacy campaign for people with mental disabilities in Egypt .

Webinar-peterDr. Peter Ventevogel, M.D., is a psychiatrist and a medical anthropologist. Since 2013 he works with UNHCR, the refugee agency of the United Nations and is currently the Senior Mental Health Officer based in Geneva. From 2008-2013 he was the editor-in-chief of ‘Intervention, Journal for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas’, published by the War Trauma Foundation. He worked with the NGO HealthNet TPO in mental health projects in Afghanistan (2002 – 2005) and Burundi (2005-2008) and as their Technical Advisor Mental Health in the head office in Amsterdam (2008-2011). In 2011 and 2012 he also worked as psychiatrist with Arq Foundation, the national trauma expert centre in the Netherlands. Peter regularly did consultancies for the World Health Organization and the UNHCR in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria. He has been course director of several academic short courses such as the course ‘Culture, Psychology & Psychiatry’ (Amsterdam Masters of Medical Anthropology), the ‘Practice Oriented Course Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Post Conflict Setting’ (HealthNet TPO, the Netherlands) and the annual course Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (Fordham University New York).

webinar-asmaDr. Asmaa Moustafa is a graduate of Medical school of Ain Shams university, Cairo, Egypt in 2001, has started working in Abassia Mental Hospital in 2003 and specialized in Child Psychiatry in 2004, Abassia ‘s Child Unit was serving a huge catchment area (Cairo mainly but were serving children from other governorates), she was working among a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers helping children with different emotional and behavioral problems, in 2011 she worked in PSTIC (Psychosocial Training Institute in Cairo) offering training and supervision of psychosocial workers whose work was among refugee children (schools, those who were working with single mothers, and those who were offering recreational activities for children), she was facilitating referral of children to needed medical and psychiatric services if needed. Currently she is working in Nadim Centre for treatment and rehabilitation of victims of torture whose clients include a percentage of refugees.

Webinar-fuadDr. Fuad Almossa, MSc Psychiatry. Formerly working as a psychiatrist with International Medical Corps, Turkey; in this role, he had been providing training to primary health care (PHC) staff to identify and manage those with mental or psychosocial problems, with the goal of integrating mental health into general health care. He is also providing training and supervision to community based psychosocial workers who are providing psychosocial/non-pharmacological interventions to persons in need. Dr. Almossa has more than seven years of experience in clinical mental health services, training and MHPSS services in emergencies, and worked with many INGOs in Yemen (2007) and KSA (2009). His academic credentials include a Master degree in psychiatry from Syrian Board of specialties. Dr. Almossa is currently a PHD candidate in psychophysiology department, Gaziantep University, Turkey, and working on a research on (Evidence Based Psychosocial interventions in the promotion of mental health in Emergency Settings)

Webinar- Dr. PeterDr. Peter Hughes, Consultant Psychiatrist/ Hon Senior Lecturer Springfield University Hospital, London. Chair of Volunteering and International Psychiatry special Interest Group at Royal College of Psychiatrists. Lead for Kings Sierra leone mental health link and Somaliland Kings THET link. Extensive field experience in global mental health including complex humanitarian emergency.

Main interest area -training health workers.

 

Webinar-Dr.ShereseDr. Sherese Ali (MD FRCPC, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Dip. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dip. Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine), has worked as a humanitarian doctor since 2010, serving the role of MHPSS manager and coordinator in Ethiopia, Haiti, Sudan, Iraq, Turkey, Northern Syria, Damascus and Somaliland. She has served as consultant mhGAP and ToT trainer for the WHO EMR. She has experience in post-disaster relief and development and mental health emergency response in areas of armed conflict. She has served on the expert committee for the evolving WHO Convention of the Right for Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Ali has published articles in this field based on the experiences in Haiti and Sudan and has contributed to the mhGAP adaptation guides for Sudan and Iraq.

Dr. Ali completed medical training at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and did subspecialty training in Neuropsychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at the Maudsley Institute, London, England and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.  Her areas of academic focus are in the field of epilepsy, rheumatology and brain injury and she has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics.

Our Host:

webinar- mohamedMohamed Elshazly, is Regional Host for Middle East and North Africa at mhpss.net. Mohamed is a qualified medical doctor and psychiatrist from Egypt with more than a decade of experience in clinical mental health services, training and MHPSS services in emergencies. He is working now as Regional MHPSS Advisor- Middle East, at International Medical Corps.

New edition of WHO’s Mental Health Atlas series (2014)
August 4, 2015
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The new edition of WHO’s Mental Health Atlas series (2014) has recently been published.  It is considered to be the most comprehensive and widely used source of information on the global mental health situation. You can access the Mental Health Atlas here: http://www.who.int/mental_health/evidence/atlas/mental_health_atlas_2014/en/

The Mental Health Atlas assumes new importance as a repository of mental health information in WHO Member States because it will provide much of the baseline data against which progress towards the objectives and targets of the global Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 will be measured.

Shekhar Saxena, Dan Chisholm and Fahmy Hanna, from the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, highlight some key messages from the latest Atlas in the series (Mental Health Atlas 2014) in the following podcast from the Mental Health Innovation Network: http://mhinnovation.net/global-mental-health-how-are-we-doing