Essential Concepts and Best Practices for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) - Ukrainian Refugee Response
MHPSS is an umbrella term used in humanitarian and emergency contexts for mental health and psychosocial interventions that includes any support which people receive to protect and promote their well-being and prevent and treat mental health conditions.
All sectors of emergency response need to allocate resources and consider integrating mental health and psychosocial support into their programming (e.g. Psychological First Aid training) to ensure the safety of refugees and staff. HOW services are delivered matters most, either promoting recovery or elevating stress reactions.
This document provides guidance when communicating with Ukrainian nationals and those who have arrived from Ukraine as a result of the war.
Please remember: Do not pathologize stress reactions. Instead, normalize these reactions and emphasize resilience and coping (while referring the minority that need specialized mental health care for the appropriate services).