Welcome to this e-discussion on Integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support into Peacebuilding
In recent years, great advances have been made towards including mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in conflict and humanitarian responses at the national and community level. Nevertheless, MHPSS is not yet structurally and explicitly considered as part of broader peacebuilding or conflict prevention efforts. With this in mind, UNDP is developing a global guidance note to support the intentional integration of MHPSS to enhance the impact of peacebuilding efforts.
To ensure that the guidance note is developed on the basis of an inclusive and participatory approach, your participation is critical to this discussion. As such we invite you to share regional perspectives, existing challenges, forward-looking solutions, and critical questions. We hope that you will engage, learn and connect with colleagues across the fields both here and in the Zoom discussion.
This e-discussion is organized into 5 discussion rooms, each of which has a specific regional focus in order to open up for discussions that can be more contextual. The rooms are open to people who have registered for the consultations in advance.
The consultations aim to:
- Strengthen the information collection to inform the guidance note development and discuss initial findings of stakeholder surveys. This will enhance the quality of the guidance note, ensure that regional considerations are included, and contribute new perspectives and case studies to the overall consultation process.
- Convene a broader community across regions of practitioners who can drive forward further advocacy and initiatives to strengthen the integration of MHPSS into peacebuilding, including but not limited to dissemination and application of the developed guidance note once completed.
Please note that the rooms will be open from 11 October to 9 November 2021. Access of UNDP externals to the rooms is based on pre-registration only.
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