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OPSIC designed and developed a comprehensive operational guidance system (COMPASS) that provided an integrated single platform for practical MHPSS guidance in crisis management.

Complex emergencies such as earthquakes, flooding, bombings, and the recent massacre in Utøya (Norway) can seriously affect entire populations and rip nations apart, with long-term psychosocial consequences impacting the most vulnerable as well as the helpers for years following the .
A large number of high quality European guidelines and tools for psychosocial support interventions in management already exist and have been developed during the last two decades. OPSIC will build on this work by identifying gaps and assessing best practices and develop a new innovative comprehensive operational guidance system (OGS), which will serve as the operational interface between the existing guidelines and the practical intervention tools and methods. This interface is currently missing and hinders the effective operationalization of and compliance with the guidelines in practice.
Based on new research and analysis of PSS guidelines, best practices and the long-term psychosocial impact of crisis, OPSIC will design and develop an web based comprehensive operational guidance system that will operate as a common shared platform and single point of reference for PSS in . The OGS will be validated through simulations tests in three countries with crisis managers, first responders, volunteers and possible victims and evaluated according to selected key performance indicators. Subsequently, the OGS will be demonstrated for a governmental end-user and a road map for implementation of the OGS into the end-user protocols will be prepared.
For the development of the guidance system, OPSIC will focus on all four phases of ; , , and , and relate these to the following target groups; - crisis managers, intervention forces, first responders, volunteers, victims and indirectly affected community.

Mental health and physchosocial aspects to be considered in general disaster planning

The 16 Action Sheets in part 1 enable decision-makers and general managers to identify key mental health and psychosocial aspects that are relevant in general planning. These Action Sheets also indiciate key aspects in planning mental health and psychosocial interventions in settings for psychosocial crisis managers and mental health professionals.

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List of action sheets for mental health

Developing mental health and psychosocial support policies for delivering good practice

The Action Sheets in part two are aimed at general managers (especially the Action Sheets on governance policy), psychosocial crisis managers, mental health professionals and practitioners. They provide guidance on developing good mental health and psychosocial programming after disasters and emergencies.

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List of action sheets for mental health

Specific mental health adn psychosocial support recommendations for target groups

The recommendations in part three are aimed at general managers (especially the Action Sheets on governance policy), psychosocial crisis managers, mental health professionals and practitioners. The Action Sheets focus on good psychosocial programming and interventions in relation to the specific needs of the following target groups:

  •  children and adolescents
  •  helpers (staff and volunteers)
  •  older people
  •  refugees
  •  disabled persons

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List of action sheets for mental health

Mental health and physchosocial support action sheets for specific event types

The following Action Sheets have been developed for general managers, psychosocial crisis managers, mental health professionals and other practitioners. They contain recommendations on good psychosocial programming and interventions for specific event types.
These event types have been selected for their specific complexity with regard to psychosocial issues as well as for their relevance in the European context:

  •  terrorist attacks
  •  CBRN incidents
  •  flooding

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List of action sheets for mental health
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DRIVER+ project has received funding from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for Research,
Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement (GA) N° #607798