ARQ policy paper on sustainable peace

A call to action aimed at practitioners, experts and policymakers worldwide

ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre has recently published the policy paper: 'Taking Action Towards Sustainable Peace: Integrating Peacebuilding and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support'. Our experts are calling on all policy makers to integrate MHPSS and PB for recovery from violent conflict and to create a sustainable peace.

This policy paper brings together global experts in peacebuilding (PB) and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) to issue a compelling call to action, aimed at practitioners, experts and policymakers worldwide. 

The authors call for the integration of PB and MHPSS as an essential strategy to foster mental health, psychosocial wellbeing and sustainable peace in fragile and post-conflict settings.

Presenting an in-depth discussion on the imperative for integration, the paper also includes examples of how to bridge theory to practice, and recommendations to facilitate integration of the PB and MHPSS fields.

The urgency to integrate MHPSS and PB to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of conflict-affected individuals and communities and to foster sustainable peace cannot be understated.


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Friederike Bubenzer
Megan Bahmad
Lysan Boshuyzen
Relinde Reiffers
Yvonne Sliep
Marian Tankink