The Inter-Agency Standing Committee provides a document that formulates the basis of assessing mental health and well-being, while ensuring psychological supplementation. This document may be utilized for both emergencies and post-emergency structuring. It's imperative to note that this report is similar to the 2007 IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Furthermore, the outline established in this document is comprised of material that be used for mental health professionals along with individuals involved in other sectors, such as child social work, health, diet and nutrition, faith-based work, program management, and as well as for professionals involved in peace initiatives, life skills, and vocational training. The framework provided in this document was created in response to the challenges in overseeing the discrepancies in outcomes and achievements of MHPSS initiatives.
According to the IASC document, the framework is comprised of a body of six (6) principles:
- Human rights and equality
- Do no harm
- Building on available resources and capacities
- Integrated support systems
- Multi-layered supports