There is “no health without mental health” and a holistic approach to health is needed in all development and emergency contexts. Integration of mental health and psychosocial components into planned and existing programmes is also now imperative, given the need for INGOs to implement the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2007).
Even with enthusiasm and goodwill, such integration can be a challenge to international organisations and many are unsure how to either begin or to further develop their work in these areas.
Jane can assist organisations to review existing and planned programmes to ensure mental health and psychosocial components are explicitly integrated within all programmes.
Recommendations need to be implemented! To ensure that the integration of mental health and psychosocial components into new and existing programmes can become a reality, Jane designs and facilitates all necessary staff training. All of her workshops build on the existing knowledge and experience of participants, use the minimum of “technical terms” and always include the development of creative syntheses with local culture, language and traditional healing. (See teaching and workshops).
Recent consultancy for INGOs has included:
Liberia – Merlin
Jane and Sahr Nyuma from Merlin made a great team!
Jordan - CARE International
Jane worked in partnership with a management consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of CARE’s psychosocial programmes for Iraqi refugees, to examine the strengths and weaknesses, to put forward recommendations for internal changes and areas to be explored for future projects.
Pakistan - Psychology without Borders is an American based organization. Jane went to Abbotobad, not far from the site of the earthquake zone to meet with Pakistani mental health staff and provide recommendations for future input for this organization.
For a review of current issues in mental health and psychosocial support in the humanitarian sector, see the articles below: (opens PDF file in new window)
Gilbert, J. (2009) Power and ethics in psychosocial counselling: reflections on the experience of an international NGO providing services for Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Intervention Vol 7(1), 50-60.
Gilbert, J. (2008) Mental health: culture, language and power.
In Global Health Watch 2. Zed Books.
Bulletin of Community Mental Health and Wellbeing, September issue.
The Health Exchange, August, 31-33.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 16(1), 5-6.
A Merlin clinic, Liberia
Everyday life in Monrovia, Liberia
Sahr Nyuma, Liberia