Mental Health and Psychosocial Support TOOLBOX

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) have proved to be crucial interventions in both humanitarian and development settings. They are essential strategies for strengthening resilience, participation and empowerment of children and youth facing stressful situations, contributing to reinforcing their coping capacity and preventing their involvement in potential risks such as exploitation and abuse.

As part of a mapping exercice which analysed Tdh MHPSS interventions in the field, numerous documents of different types were gathered through Tdh delegations in all 5 regions.

This toolbox below (see scheme) has tried to systematise such resources so that they can be easily accessible to all those interested in improving MHPSS capacities within Tdh. Reflecting the ecological system approach, the toolbox has been organised in a way to include all ecological elements and dimensions impacting on child development and well-being that can be targeted by MHPSS interventions: child, family, community, society. Other cross-cutting support materials collected during the mapping are also shared through this toolbox.

By clicking on the different level of the ecological system, or on the cross-cutting elements in the scheme below, you will have access to the relevant Tdh interventions/materials:

Background of the toolbox

Tdh provides MHPSS interventions both in emergencies and through development and longer term programmes. This two-folded capacity and presence in the field along with unprecedented challenges have made it necessary to review and enhance responses supporting children and youth wellbeing as well as to ensure stronger capacities to link humanitarian action and development within the organisation. With this in mind, between November 2017 and  March 2018, Lourdes Carrasco Colom conducted a mapping exercise which analysed Tdh MHPSS current interventions in the filed from different perspectives. Methodologically speaking, the mapping and modelisation involved a desk review, questionnaires for Tdh delegations, case studies, field visits, and an analysis of currently existing monitoring and evaluation tools.

Objectives of the toolbox

The report of the mapping and modelisation identified “a lack of exchanges and information dissemination within the organisation”, often compounded by “a disconnection about the work being done among regions and delegations”. This toolbox has been developed in an effort to address this challenge and particularly with the aim:

  • To facilitate knowledge and information sharing and institutional learning among delegations and HQ with a focus on MHPSS interventions;
  • To support the spread of promising practices and lessons learned from work  being done on MHPSS in the field and inspire future efforts in this area;
  • To provide an overview of the immense and multifaceted interventions that can be promoted to meet the MHPSS needs of children and families in emergency and development settings; 
  • To contribute to enhancing the capacity of Tdh to deliver quality MHPSS services for better outcomes for children, youth and families

Who is this toolbox for?

This toolbox has been conceived as an internal repository serving primarily the organisation. Staff from Tdh delegations in all operational regions as well as HQ personnel are expected to benefit particularly from this resource. Being available on the Child Protection Portal, the toolbox will be open for consultation to all those having access to it.  

What can you find in the toolbox and how can you use it?

The mapping exercise involved the collection and analysis of different types of documents including among others: research reports, training manuals, guidelines and guiding documents, terms of reference, programme/project/activity descriptions (e.g. training modules), capitalisation reports and M&E tools, project proposals and logframes, etc. Some of these documents are finalised (and published) while others are still in draft (and only for internal use).

The various materials collected represent an important source of information on MHPSS interventions promoted by Tdh and other actors worldwide.

To facilitate the use of this resource and have a clear idea of what it contains, in every folder you will find a documents list with a short description of each material and the language used. You will see that every folder contains documents and/or sub-folders. In an effort to distinguish documents developed by Tdh and those by others in different countries, each resource or folder has been renamed by adding “Tdh” or “External”  and, where known, the country where it was produced (e.g. Tdh_Moldova_MO_1 gender_parenting, i.e. document by Terre des hommes Moldova; External_Pact Ethiopia et al._SS_4 Better Parenting Training Manual, i.e. “external” document produced by Pact Ethiopia).

How  can you contribute to the toolbox? 

The toolbox is a “work in progress” that we plan to expand, update and improve. As a next step, more categories of information will be added so that it will be possible to filter documents per country, region, theme, programme area, etc. In the meantime, if you have a document related to MHPSS interventions conducted by Tdh or other actors, feel free to send it to Alessia Altamura, Alessia.altamura@icloud.com who will make sure to upload it in the relevant folder/section. To inform users about such updates, each new document will be advertised through the Child Protection Newsletter.

This project is funded by: