Mental health

mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG)

Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies


Publication details

Number of pages: 68
Publication date: 2015
Languages: Arabic; English; French; Russian; Spanish; Ukrainian
ISBN: 978 92 4 154892 2



Adults and children affected by emergencies experience a substantial and diverse range of mental, substance use, and neurological problems.

The mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide contains first-line management recommendations for mental, neurological and substance use conditions for non-specialist health-care providers in humanitarian emergencies where access to specialists and treatment options is limited. It is a simple, practical tool that aims to support general health facilities in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies in assessing and managing acute stress, grief, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, epilepsy, intellectual disability, harmful substance use and risk of suicide.

This new tool is an adaptation of WHO’s mhGAP Intervention Guide, a widely-used evidence-based manual for the management of these conditions in non-specialized health settings.

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