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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response


2.5 Essential health services – mental health

Mental health and psychosocial problems occur in all humanitarian settings. The horrors, losses, uncertainties and numerous other stressors associated with conflict and other disasters place people at increased risk of diverse social, behavioural, psychological and psychiatric problems. Mental health and psychosocial support involves multi-sectoral supports (see the ‘intervention pyramid’ diagram below). These supports require coordinated implementation e.g. through a cross-cluster or cross-sectoral working group. The mental health standard below focuses on actions by health actors. Readers should also consult Core Standard 1 and Protection Principle 3.