The humanitarian emergency settings perceived needs scale (HESPER): manual with scale, World Health Organization

The development of the HESPER Scale was a collaborative project between the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London (KCL)...

Assessing mental health and psychosocial needs and resources: toolkit for humanitarian settings, World Health Organization

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is a term used to describe a wide range of actions that address social, psychological and psychiatric problems that are either pre-existing or emergency-induced. These actions are carried out in highly different contexts by organizations and people with different professional backgrounds, in different sectors and with different types of resources. All these different actors – and their donors – need practical assessments leading to recommendations that can be used immediately to improve people’s mental health and well-being...

Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers, World Health Organization

When terrible things happen in our communities, countries and the world, we want to reach out a helping hand to those who are affected. This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both social and psychological support.

Mental health consequences of the Syrian crisis, Dr Nadim Almoshmosh , 21/09/2015

- What started as a dream for freedom has become a nightmare
- Civil demonstration were faced with brutal regime response from day one
- External interference with various agendas
- Hesitation from international community to find a solution
- Heavier indiscriminate bombardment continued ...