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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-63

Introducing the IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Guidelines in Emergencies in Nepal: a process description

1 Health Net TPO
2 TPO, Nepal
3 TPO Nepal
4 UNICEF Nepal
5 Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh)
6 Center for Mental Health and Counselling
7 International Rescue Committee (IRC)
8 Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS)
9 Mental Health Hospital
10 Independent consultant
11 Upstate Medical University Syracuse
12 Ministry of Home Affairs/Disaster Management Section
13 BPK Institute of Health Sciences/Psychiatry Department
14 UNICEF New York and WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Geneva
15 WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Geneva

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A rich set of reflections on experiences with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Guidelines in Emergency Settings has recently been published in this journal. This paper describes a case study of using the guidelines in Nepal, which focused primarily on detailed implementation of preparatory steps. In effect, it describes a multi-agency process of using the guidelines as a tool to raise awareness, foster coordination and systematically integrate mental health and psychosocial considerations within the humanitarian cluster approach in Nepal. It argues that these steps make it possible to further operate and actually adhere to the guidelines more feasible in future situations.

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