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Niet alleen water en voedsel zijn essentieel, maar ook psychosociale steun moet standaard onderdeel worden van hulp in crisissituaties. Dat was de inzet van de eerste internationale ministeriële conferentie over #mentalhealth support in Nederland georganiseerd door het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.

24 landen en 10 internationale hulporganisaties hebben afspraken gemaakt over de minimale eisen voor noodhulp. Een samenvatting van de conferentie is in 3,5 minuut te zien in het videoverslag.

Videoverslag MHPSS-conferentie

*Music plays*

Title: MHPSS 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

People great and hugg each other.

Name title: Dr. Rabih El Chammay – Mental Health Programme, Lebanon:
In a humanitarian crisis, I do believe that MHPSS is a matter of life or death.

Name title: Minister Sigrid Kaag, The Netherlands:
And we need to break the silence that still oppresses so many.

Name title: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – Director General WHO:
Neglecting this problem undermines the recovery of individuals, communities, and nations.

Name title: Sylvia Acan, SEMA, Uganda:
To come out of my experience, it was so painful because I thought I had no reason to live.

Name title: Michaela DePrince – War orphan and Dutch National Ballet solist:
A constant feeling of that constant hunger and not knowing the next time I would eat.

Name title: Heba Allibrahim – student VU Amsterdam (Syria):
I could see in his eyes that he was so sorry.
He couldn't do anything for that young man.
He had to go and help other people who had a chance to live.

Name title: Abdul Karim Albrem – UNHCR advocate:
If I would be in Syria now and say: I need psychosocial support people would look at me in a weird way and ask me a question this way: Are you crazy?

Name title: Mark Lowcock – USG Humanitarian Affairs, UN:
Yet in many cases these conditions are ignored or trivialized, despite the fact that they risk leading to serious long-term consequences.

Several people at the event:
The issue of mental healthcare is still considered a taboo.
-We help to connect the government with the community.
The main barrier for implementing or taking our efforts forward is lack of political will and funding.

Name title: Mohamed Elshazly – MHPSS officer UNHCR:
The majority of people can recover very well after these disasters if we manage to provide adequate social support for them.

Name title: Abdul Karim Albrem – UNHCR advocate:
The people who see me as a traumatised refugee, I tell them: Look at me now.
I'm no longer just a victim. Instead, I'm a person with skills and expertise to support my community.

Name title: Tim Kendall – Clinical Director for Mental Health, UK:
The fight for global equality for mental health has only just begun.

Name title: Peter Maurer – President ICRC:
To be very frank, you need champions to bring this on the political agenda.

Name title: Michaela DePrince: War orphan and Dutch National Ballet solist:
80 million children are living in war zones today that need psychosocial support right away.

Name title: Mark van Ommeren – MHPSS Expert WHO:   
To see people from many different organisations coming on board for this agenda...
A big thanks to the Netherlands for creating this moment.

Name title: Minister Sigrid Kaag – The Netherlands:
Put mental health and psychosocial support first all the time, everywhere, for everyone.

Several people at the event:
This conference makes me more hopeful about the future of mental health.
-I'm really pleased that finally people are actually talking the language that people need.
Educating people and creating awareness, I think, is very important. That's what I'll try to do when I get back.
-It should be common sense that we spend time and money on this topic.
As a priority, not something that's done later and not as a back-seat issue.
-We can't forget anyone, anywhere across the globe. We really need to invest in mental health.

Endtitle: mind the mind now

Fotoverslag MHPSS-conferentie