We can assist NGOs, INGOs, Government Agencies, service providers and other organisations and communities to consider how best to the address the mental health and related needs arising from war and conflict. This includes but is not limited to:
Responding to needs
- Providing briefings on the mental health impacts of war and conflict and on appropriate responses
- Developing needs assessments of communities affected by conflict or war
- Using social media platform to reach hard-to-reach communities or to support remote relief workers; see www.wordontheground.com for more information.
- Helping partners design and build a comprehensive system of mental health and psychosocial support to address locally identified trauma-related needs
- Advising politicians, policy makers, commissioners of services and funders operating in or responding to conflict and post-conflict settings on how policy and commissioning can respond to the mental health needs arising from conflict.
- Helping public agencies, universities and community service providers to develop:-
o Research programmes aimed at understanding needs;
o Trauma-focussed workforce plans and appropriate training programmes.
- Strengthening effective leadership and governance for trauma-related mental health at policy and service commissioning levels within governments and NGOs.
- ICRT can also assist organisations with their theories of change, and support them to put in place sustainable area-based and locality specific services with bespoke audit and evaluation tools.
Donors and funders
- Helping funders to develop evidence-based funded and commissioned programmes for trauma related mental health.
- Assisting donors and service providers to put in place effective monitoring, reporting and intervention outcomes upon which to assess the impact of programme funding and service delivery.
Contributing to the conversation on mental health and conflict
- Contributing to the global conversation to connect peace-building theory and practice on the one hand, with trauma-related theory and practice on the other.