International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations – Amsterdam, 7 & 8 October 2019
Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) should be an integral part of the humanitarian response in crisis and emergency situations.
To promote the rapid adoption of this approach, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and International Cooperation is hosting an international conference in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 October 2019.
Invitees include MHPSS experts, policymakers, ministers, donors and people with lived experience.
you live in a small town
You have lived here all your life
You don’t have much...
but it is enough
Suddenly, your whole life is swept away in an instant.
You have to run and even when you reach safety...
you can’t stop thinking about your losses.
It’s nearly impossible to imagine the future.
Of course you need food, water and a roof over your head...
but psychosocial support and perspective are just as important.
Support can take different shapes:
You may want to share your experiences.
Some people need special care.
Additional attention may help children...
to cope with their feelings...
to gain trust and make friends.
Extra measures can help you feel secure again.
Worldwide, almost seventy million people have been forcibly displaced.
The highest number in decades.
More than one in five people affected by conflict have a mental health condition.
They have lived through terrible experiences.
Together we can and must do better.
We need to combine our knowledge and strengths to give these people the urgent support they need.
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support is a necessity in any humanitarian response.
Essential to rebuild lives and societies.