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Mental health and psychosocial support during COVID-19

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My hero is you, storybook for children on COVID-19

Publication date: 2020

This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID 19: 24/7 parenting

Publication date: 2020

This page provides open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19 on one-on-one time, keeping it positive, structure up, bad behaviour, keep calm and manage stress, and talking about COVID-19. These resources, available in 30+ languages, were developed by Parenting for Lifelong Health, who are working with WHO, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Internet of Good Things, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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COVID-19: focus on persons deprived of their liberty

Publication date: 2020

This interim guidance, published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) provides a series of messages that aim at assisting OHCHR and UNCT/HCT in addressing the specific issues of persons deprived of their liberty with the responsible services (agencies in charge of migration and rehabilitation centres) and ministries (justice, interior, health, etc). Persons deprived of their liberty in prisons, administrative detention centres, migration detention centres and drug rehabilitation centres, require a specific focus as they might face higher vulnerabilities as the spread of COVI-19 can expand rapidly due to the usually high concentration in confined spaces and to the restricted access to hygiene and health care in some contexts.

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Remote psychological first aid during the COVID-19 outbreak

Publication date: 2020

Psychological first aid is a method of helping people in distress so they feel calm and supported to cope better with their challenges. It is a way of assisting someone to manage their situation and make informed decisions. It involves paying attention to reactions, active listening and, if needed, practical assistance, such as problem solving, help to access basic needs or referring to further options for assistance. These interim guidelines can be used by Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to set up and run different kind of remote services for the public during the time of a COVID-19 response, noting that the target group for the guidelines are adults.

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Social stigma associated with COVID-19

Publication date: 2020

The current COVID-19 outbreak has provoked social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus. In an outbreak, this may mean people are labelled, stereotyped, discriminated against, treated separately, and/or experience loss of status because of a perceived link with a disease. This document is a guide to preventing and addressing social stigma, targeting these audience groups: Government, media and local organizations working on the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak

Publication date: 2020

This flyer gives the general public some quick tips on coping with stress during the COVID-19 situation. It walks you through what to do when you are feeling sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry, such as encouraging you, among other things, to talk to people you trust, such as your friends and family, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including, a proper diet, sleep and exercise.

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Helping children cope with stress during 2019-nCoV outbreak

Publication date: 2020

This flyer gives the general public some quick tips on helping children with stress during the COVID-19 situation. Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting, etc. Parents should respond to their children’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.

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Mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

Publication date: 2020

In March 2020, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support for mental and psychosocial well-being during COVID-19 outbreak.

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Interim briefing on note addressing mental health and psychosocial aspects of COVID-19 outbreak

Publication date: 2020

This interim briefing note was developed by the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Reference Group consists of more than 30 members, and fosters a unique collaboration between NGOs, UN and international agencies and academics, promoting best practices in MHPSS.

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