IASC guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings

IASC guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settingsGeneva, 1 December 2007 - Published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committe, with input from organisations including ICMC, the Guidelines give humanitarian actors useful inter-agency, inter-sectoral guidance and tools for responding effectively in the midst of emergencies.

Reflecting the insight of ICMC and numerous other agencies and practitioners, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings provide valuable information to organisations and individuals on how to respond appropriately during humanitarian emergencies.

The Guidelines include a matrix, with guidance for emergency planning, actions to be taken in the early stages of an emergency and comprehensive responses needed in the recovery and rehabilitation phases.  The matrix is a valuable tool for use in coordination, collaboration and advocacy efforts. It provides a framework for mapping the extent to which essential first responses are being implemented during an emergency.