Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support


One of the biggest challenges facing victims of torture and those living in emergency contexts is the lack of mental health care and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in the areas that they live. MHPSS interventions are commonly used by non-governmental and humanitarian organizations in challenging settings to improve psychosocial wellbeing and mental health. Whereas mental health interventions target treatment of mental disorders, psychosocial support interventions target prevention of disorders and promotion of psychosocial wellbeing.  Our partnership carries out a set of activities that strengthen the evidence base related to mental health and psychosocial support interventions for trauma affected communities.



ISC partners are undertaking four studies to better understand the effectiveness and implementation of community-level MHPSS interventions, with an emphasis on the PSS intervention components and impacts. A fifth, related study is being funded by GIZ and will be implemented by War Child in Jordan. This collection of studies spans seven countries in four regions—South Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Africa.

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support  Knowledge Hub is a global platform for generating, synthesizing, and disseminating research, innovations, and advocacy efforts related to the promotion and protection of the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of populations living in trauma-impacted communities. We are composed of mental health practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, funders, and advocates from around the world working to improve services to survivors, their families, and communities and to strengthen the capacity of country-based institutions to deliver services to these populations

Learn more about the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Studies below:


Mental Health – A listing of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support resources on the ISC website. More coming soon!