Integrated Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Programming

Developing multidisciplinary interventions that strengthen mental health and well-being

How does our programme benefit by integrating MHPSS?

When we integrate MHPSS into our programming, we support the well-being, coping ability, and mental health of children and adults.  This improves their capacity to reduce stress, solve problems, improve relationships, and regain focus. As children and adults become more able to help themselves, they can better engage in and benefit from our programmes.

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How will this guidance help us?

This site serves as a summary version of Save the Children’s full Technical Guidance for Integrated Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Programming. It presents a brief overview of the key principles that should guide Save the Children and partner staff when integrating MHPSS across all sector programming in all contexts. 

As a summary, this site will frequently direct you to relevant sections of the full Technical Guidance. Those sections provide more detailed guidance and can help you to: 

  • Learn or review the basics about integrating MHPSS across sectors and themes
  • Support your implementation of integrated and cross-thematic MHPSS programming
  • Advocate and collaborate with others to prioritize children’s mental health and integrated and cross-thematic MHPSS programming

Access the full Technical Guidance here.

Who should use this guidance?

All Save the Children staff can benefit from the Core Guidance. Staff, volunteers and partners should particularly reference the sections on Psychological First Aid and staff well-being.

Sectoral actors and those who are conducting integrated MHPSS programming will find more targeted actions in the Sector-specific Guidance.

Actors working with specific groups or contexts will benefit from the actions in the Theme-specific Guidance.

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