People on the Move: Mental health and psychosocial support for migrants

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One in every 113 people in the world is a displaced person, with total figures reaching 65.3 million in 2015.

Men, women and children move in an attempt to reach safety and security. Many have faced war, persecution and extreme hardships leaving them feeling overwhelmed or confused and distressed. Some experience extreme fear and worries, outbursts of strong emotions such as anger and sadness, nightmares and other sleep problems. This is compounded by a lack of information, uncertainty about immigration status, potential hostility, changing policies, undignified and protracted detention., the global mental health and psychosocial support network established by a consortium led by Queen Margaret University, is hosting a gathering of leading practitioners and thinkers in this field. We invite you to join us to learn about current practices in providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for People on the Move across a range of global and local settings.

Preliminary Programme

A rights-based approach to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Refugees and migrants in Libya: Mapping of MHPSS gaps and needs

Access to rights in resettlement and the impact on mental health and psychosocial well-being in Scotland

The Red Cross approach to supporting mental health and psychosocial wellbeing for people on the move

Interventions for children

Child protection and psychosocial support for children on the move in Europe

Critical Review of Child Friendly Spaces

Systems change

10 years of the IASC MHPSS Guidelines – reflections on the state of the field and future directions

After typhoon Haiyan: Establishment of National Guidelines for Mental health and Psychosocial Support in the Philippines

How the conflict in Ukraine has opened up opportunities for Mental Health Reform


Alison Strang, Queen Margaret University, UK

Alastair Ager, Queen Margaret University, UK

Ananda Galappatti,, Sri Lanka

Maria Bray, Terre des hommes, Switzerland

Marcio Gagliato,, Brazil

Margriet Blaauw,, The Netherlands

Phil Arnold, British Red Cross

Elizabeth de Castro, Psychosocial Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center, Philippines


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This event is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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