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Concept Note: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Protection: Towards More Action and Greater Impact, Global Protection Forum 2021

Secretary-General António Guterres stated in a lengthy video message on May 13, 2020 that mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) should be part of all humanitarian responses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that MHPSS needs to be part of protection work. However, for MHPSS to have the desired protection outcomes it should be embedded in all actions, delivered in an intersectoral way and the quality of activities should be sufficient to generate impact. The session intends to pave the way for integration of more MHPSS and better MHPSS in protection work.