Over the past years, attention to MHPSS in different sectors in fragile and humanitarian contexts increased. An important paradigm shift that took place included mental health and psychosocial wellbeing should not be considered as a health and wellbeing issue only. It should also be addressed as a societal problem affecting peace, stability and prosperity. While this is a relevant shift, the importance of MHPSS as part of health system strengthening, especially in low- and middle-income (post) conflict areas, should not be neglected. The health system has a crucial role to play in signaling problems and offering effective MHPSS interventions.
This policy brief is to share the main findings of a review commissioned by Cordaid’s Global Health Global Access project on integrating mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in health systems in low and middle-income countries. It presents the key challenges and recommendations to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and other stakeholders in this regard.