On 26 May 2020, the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the highest-level humanitarian coordination forum of the UN system published a guidance document – Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders – aimed at building basic psychosocial skills among all essential workers responding to COVID-19 in all sectors. The IASC brings together the executive heads of 18 UN and non-UN organisations to ensure coherence of preparedness and response efforts, formulate policy, and agree on priorities for strengthened humanitarian action. The guide on psychosocial skills has been developed by the IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Reference Group (MHPSSS RG), as a result of extensive research carried out in over 30 countries around the world. 

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

The official press release is available here.

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