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Emergency Psychosocial Support to the Earthquake Victims (2015-May-01 to 2015-Oct-30) – UNICEF

This is an emergency psychosocial project funded by the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The overall aim of this project is to provide psychosocial support to the women and children affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. It is implemented in six districts, namely Sindhupalchowk, Makwanpur, Okhaldhunga, Nuwakot, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu.

TPO follows the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)’s guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings. According to IASC, the first level of psychosocial intervention involves identifying people in distress and helping them find basic support in the community level (food, safe space and health facilities).  The second level is community outreach where people  establish contacts with other community members and share positive coping strategies  mainly through youth clubs and mothers groups. The third level consists of non-specialized support where trained psychosocial counselors conduct individual and group counseling to those affected.  The fourth level includes specialized care where people showing severe signs of distress are referred to a psychiatrist for specialized care.

Till now, 70 community psychosocial workers (CPSWs) have received a two day training on psychosocial support. They are now mobilized in the respective districts.