The MHPSS and EiE Toolkit offers access to key documents and resources of relevance to those working in the fields of Education in Emergencies (EiE) and of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS).

"The aim of this toolkit is to increase understanding between the two sectors, to encourage dialogue for planning and programming, and ultimately to strengthen the quality of MHPSS and education responses in emergencies."

Ananda Galappatti
Ananda Galappatti, Co-Director (Strategy)

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Education in Emergencies plays a central role in the protection and promotion of children’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. Education settings (including home school) can offer safe, stable environments that can help restore a sense of normality, dignity, and hope in emergencies. The field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support has a wide range of intervention approaches that benefit children, their families and key workers such as teachers and other educators.

Despite the vital intersections between MHPSS and EiE, programme staff and practitioners are not always aware of relevant knowledge, approaches and tools across both fields. By sharing key documents about standards and guidelines, as well as resources and tools relevant to practitioners in each field, it is hoped that this toolkit will help to bridge this gap and better connect the efforts of those working to design and deliver education and/or MHPSS interventions related to children in crisis situations.

To aid navigation, each resource in the Toolkit has been categorised by type:

  • Guidance/Standard: resources that provide information about agreed interagency standards and advice about implementing these, or give expert guidance about a specific topic related to MHPSS and/or EiE, or about implementation through the programme cycle.
  • Practitioner Tool: resources focussed on implementation and/or key aspects of practice for humanitarian, MHPSS or educational practitioners.
  • Toolkit: resources with a selection of different tools that have been reviewed and gathered together, often giving practitioners additional information on how to navigate the selected tools to find the most relevant for their context.
  • Training Resource: different types of training materials such as training manuals, documents relating to a full training programme, or online courses.
  • Resource Package: related to a specific programme intervention, which may include resources on planning, management, training and practitioner resources.
  • Activity Resource: resources that outline specific activities to be used with children and/or adolescents related to MHPSS and/or EiE.
  • Advice Resource: resources that give advice and tips for parents, caregivers and teachers.
  • Advocacy Resource: resources with detailed information useful for advocacy regarding MHPSS and/or EiE.

Toolkit curation

Resources uploaded to by the MHPSS and Education in Emergencies Community of Practice were reviewed.
Additional resources collected based on keywords related to MHPSS and education
Reviewed resources were curated for inclusion in the first draft of the toolkit
Detailed feedback received from expert reviewers in the MHPSS and Education in Emergencies fields
Over 1200 resources screened
Over 400 resources reviewed
Approx. 163 unique resources included has made reasonable efforts to provide current and accurate information on what resources are available regarding MHPSS and EiE. The materials contained in this toolkit are shared in this format for ease of access and as a reflection of what is presently available, however, inclusion should not be construed as an institutional endorsement or recommendation for use.

Your feedback is important to us

This toolkit will be reviewed regularly as newer and more up-to-date resources and tools become available. The feedback we receive from users is essential to this process and your considerations for improvement and overall feedback are welcome. Please email us to share your experience in using the toolkit and alert us to any new resources.

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This toolkit was developed as part of a collaboration between, REPSSI the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre) with the generous support of Education Cannot Wait. The implementation team for this larger initiative comprised of Ea Suzanne Akasha, Ahlem Cheffi and Pia Tingsted Blum (from IFRC PS Centre), Carmel Gaillard, Mark Kluckow and Jonathan Morgan (from REPSSI/APSSI) and Marcio Gagliato and Ananda Galappatti (from

The toolkit was developed by Valeria Florez, Ruth Marsden and Lakshita Sundaralingam, with support from Aloka Weerasekara, Tashiya De Mel, Marcio Gagliato and Ananda Galappatti. The development of the online toolkit site was by Cezar Neaga (const NEXT).

Colleagues and institutions from across the globe shared their expertise and experience to support the development of this toolkit. Special thanks are due to: Minna Pletola (Finn Church Aid), Catherine Boland (International Rescue Committee), Andrea Diaz-Varela (Right to Play), Julia Finder (Save the Children), Zeinab Hijazi & Vania Alves (UNICEF), Christian Alama (UNICEF South Sudan), Hanan Al-Kanash, Emily Mwanza, Amal Arafeh, Kamal Jabr & Seif Zureiqi (UNRWA) and Felicity Brown, April Coetzee & Noëmi Gerber (WarChild Holland).

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