MAPPING GLOBAL PRACTICE: HEALING COMMUNITIES, TRANSFORMING SOCIETY – Mental health, psychosocial support and peacebuilding
This mapping exercise was jointly conducted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR, South Africa) and the War Trauma Foundation (WTF, Netherlands) to gather concrete contemporary data and insights from the field and to identify (thereby also creating relationships with) organisations and individuals around the world working in the fields of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and peacebuilding (PB). More specifically, the aim was to begin to ascertain whether these organisations acknowledge the nexus between mental health and peacebuilding, and to establish whether and how they are integrating an awareness of the other field’s components into their work.
By presenting the outcomes of the above-referenced mapping exercise, this report aims to shed some light on where successes have occurred, what the current trends and patterns are, and what activities are being undertaken. It also seeks to identify what theories of change these choices imply and where organisations and individuals are experiencing challenges and, ultimately, whether there are best practice models which can be used as a basis for future interventions elsewhere.
This report ends with a set of recommendations for future research and action steps for those interested in continuing to build a collaborative culture, which celebrates the diverse ways we seek to build peace and better mental health in the world as well as recognise the need to create a stronger connection and evidence-base between these two vital fields.