Development of the rapid assessment tool for mental health and psychosocial support in the philippine health emergency setting

Walter V Laurel WHO

This covers a wide-range of interventions and services and should be preceded by careful assessment and planning within the local context, which would include the local perceptions of distress and illness, coping mechanisms, and the mapping of the community’s capacity to cope. In the Philippines, the National Disaster Coordinating Council MHPSS Sub-committee saw a need to develop a Rapid Assessment Tool for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (MHPSS-RAT) which will provide immediate assessment of thevulnerable population and relevant resources in the first twenty-four hours of onset in mass emergencies and disasters.

Key wordsarmed conflict / community crisis / disaster / psychosocial support