Introducing the IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Guidelines in Emergencies in Nepal: A process description
Jordans, M.J.D., Upadhaya, N., Tol, W., Shrestha, P., Doucet, J., Gurung, R., Aguettant, J., Mahat, P., Shah, S., Adhikari, D., Sharma, K. P., Sherchan, S., Maharjan, R., Kunwar, A., Regmi, I. R., Shyangwa, P., Melville, A. & van Ommeren, M.
Published on: March 2010
Abstract: 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