Results literature review Mental Health and Peacebuilding

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and War Trauma Foundation are proud to publish the results of our systematic literature review in search of theoretical models and evidence that integrate MHPSS and Peacebuilding approaches with the aim of building sustainable peace.

Following the 2015 conference ‘Healing Communities, Transforming Society’ connecting the fields of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and Peacebuilding one of the conclusions was that such a review was necessary. Not surprisingly, all articles reviewed for the purpose of this study are founded on the underlying assumption that societies can change and we can achieve sustainable peace through enhanced  psychosocial well-being of individuals and communities. The way this can be reached varies, and is related to the level of intervention (individual, community, institutional, special groups, etc.). Only a few articles combine MHPSS and PB aims in a singular and integrated approach. The vast majority of the papers use their own field as a starting point and try to add elements from the other field.

You can now access the complete report Peacebuilding and MHPSS