Emergency Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Affected Population in North East of Nigeria

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is implementing program to protect and promote the psychosocial well-being of returnee abducted Chibok Girls, their families and affected communities, through activities directly implemented by IOM, and partnership, cooperation and coordination with the government of Nigeria, UN Agencies as WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and iNGOS and NGOs like Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) , Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC), The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) and others. The project consists of a) an assessment of psychosocial needs and resources in the areas of concern. This will include a detailed family assessment of the families of the abducted girls; b) the provision of direct psychosocial assistance to the abducted girls and their families upon their return, through trained and supervised mobile teams; and c) education and capacity building of families, relevant governmental and non-governmental actors and the media in do not harm rules, psychological first aid and basic psychosocial supports. The project has provided direct psychosocial counseling to the 59 escaped girls, their families and community members. The project has also recruited, trained and deployed 15 members of psychosocial mobile team who are providing psychosocial counseling to the affected population and making referral for appropriate treatment where applicable. Specifically under the United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Under-funded Emergency Window (UFE), IOM is providing psychosocial care to the displaced population in Maiduguri camps through the implementation of psychological first-aid, community-based psychosocial activities and strengthen protection monitoring to IDPs including recreational activities and facilitation of group discussions for men, women, boys and girls to identify gender-specific unmet psychosocial needs of the IDP communities served, upon which appropriate interventions shall be developed accordingly. The project will support the recruitment of a psychosocial mobile team to assess immediate psychosocial needs of the affected population and implement tailored interventions to address these needs.

For more information on this project, contact: Gladys Kios, Project Officer, Psychosocial Support (gkios@iom.int)