This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country-based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This page provides open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19 on one-on-one time, keeping it positive, structured up, bad behaviour, keep calm and manage stress, and talking about COVID-19. These resources, available in 30+ languages, were developed by Parenting for Lifelong Health, who are working with WHO, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Internet of Good Things, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Psychological first aid is a method of helping people in distress so they feel calm and supported to cope better with their challenges. It is a way of assisting someone to manage their situation and make informed decisions. It involves paying attention to reactions, active listening and, if needed, practical assistance, such as problem-solving, help to access basic needs or referring to further options for assistance. These interim guidelines can be used by Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to set up and run different kinds of remote services for the public during the time of a COVID-19 response, noting that the target group for the guidelines are adults.
In March 2020, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support mental and psychosocial well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This interim briefing note was developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Reference Group consists of more than 30 members, and fosters a unique collaboration between NGOs, UN and international agencies and academics, promoting best practices in MHPSS.
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