Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: linking practice and research
A meta-analysis showed that psychotherapeutic interventions effectively reduced PTSD for adults in humanitarian settings in low- and middle-income countries. For children, an analysis of school-based interventions and group psychotherapy found inconsistent effectiveness for PTSD symptoms, but overall benefits for internalizing symptoms, for children in humanitarian settings in low- and middle-income countries.
For many of the most popular mental health and psychosocial interventions there is currently insufficient evidence to consider these interventions evidence-based. Based on program reports published in the period 2007-2010, the most popular mental health and psychosocial support interventions in humanitarian settings in low- and middle-income countries are: (1) basic counseling for individuals; (2) facilitating support for vulnerable individuals; (3) child-friendly spaces; (4) supporting community-initiated supports; (5) basic counseling for groups/families. Analysis of funding shows that most mental health and psychosocial support interventions are funded outside of national mental health and protection systems.
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