Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MPSS)
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) refers to any support, service, or action that aims to protect or promote psychosocial wellbeing or prevent or treat mental disorders.
This unit works to promote Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of children, Youth, Caregivers and Workers. This is a positive state in which children and adolescents are able to cope with emotions and normal stresses, have the capacity to build relationships and social skills, are able to learn, and have a positive sense of self and identity.
We work to Prevent and Protect children, Youth, Caregivers and Workers from Mental Health Conditions. Mental health conditions is a broad term that encompasses the continuum of mild psychosocial distress through to mental disorders, that may be temporary or chronic, fluctuating or progressive. During childhood and adolescence, common mental health conditions include: difficulties with behaviour, learning or socialization; worry, anxiety, unhappiness or loneliness; and disorders such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance use disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, intellectual disability, autism, and personality disorders.
Poor mental health can have profound impacts on the health, learning, social well-being and participation of children and adolescents, limiting opportunities for them to reach their full potential. This age spectrum encompasses a time of critical brain growth and development, when social, emotional and cognitive skills are formed, laying the foundation for mental health and well-being into adulthood. Adult with mental health conditions also impact Mental health of Children and Youth.
Mental Health Promotion
- Policy, administrative and technical staff working on policy and legislation across health, social welfare, education and justice.
- Non-government and community-based organisations, youth organizations, and community leaders engaged in health promotion and advocacy.
- Staff with professional or on-the-job training to design and deliver preventive interventions and programmes: teachers, social workers, counsellors, case workers, justice officers, health workers, youth and peer leaders.
Services provided under this Unit includes:
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL)Trainings
- Trauma Awareness and Counselling
- Trauma Informed Approach to Development
- Psychological First Aid (PFA)
- Mental Health Promotion and Protection at Work
- Trauma Informed and Response Parenting
- Trauma informed and Response Education
- Trauma Informed and Response Programming
- Trauma Informed and Response Organization
- Early Childhood Mental Health
- Adolescent Mental Health
- Mental Health Promotion and Protection for Parents/Caregivers
- Screening, assessment, and early identification of mental health needs