Policy Brief

Approximation to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programming for Youth in Developing Countries During Emergencies

Antonia Sames
Lydia Guo
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Educational and public health systems have implemented psychosocial intervention programs to alleviate the mental health impacts of trauma on children all around the world. Crises that induce such trauma include natural disasters, armed conflict, civil and political unrest, and public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that by identifying some of the factors that most effectively drive successful psychosocial support programs, we have created a resource to guide policymakers and humanitarian agencies towards efficient implementation of psychosocial programs in developing countries, specifically during the COVID-19 crisis.

Our first step was to conduct a comprehensive literature review to gain perspective on our field of research. Once our preliminary research was completed, we contacted and interviewed four experts in the field of mental health and psychosocial support. Based on the information we accumulated from both the literature and the experts, we identified 8 key factors critical for successful psychosocial interventions and designed a bottom-up, pyramid model.

After, we created both a research brief and an infographic that apply each identified factor to the COVID-19 crisis and propose policy and response ideas for implementation of support programs during the pandemic in accordance with our pyramid structure.

Please find attached our policy brief and infographic.


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