WHAT WE DO
Between Borders is a research organisation bridging forced displacement, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). We work across a range of displacement contexts, including conflict, climate change, natural disasters, statelessness, and development. Our research is grounded in a rights-based approach to displacement and mental health.
We work closely with a diverse range of partners to spotlight hidden issues, bridge silos and generate positive solutions to tackle the greatest displacement crises of this era.
MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to prioritise and mainstream mental health and psychosocial support in crises into policy, practice and dialogue.
Our vision is to ensure all persons displaced by crises of the past, present and future have access to fundamental mental health knowledge and quality psychosocial services.
WHAT WE DO
With global displacement occurring at unprecedented rates, research is key to understanding and building appropriate responses to the challenges of mental health in crises. Fragmented data and information gaps in MHPSS pose serious problems for effective support and quality care.
Our research assesses the current MHPSS landscape and serves to build on already established practices and offer new ideas and thinking to promote better bio-psycho-social understanding and competence among all groups displaced by crises and those that work with them.
Our public engagement allows for the dissemination of the latest findings to new audiences and responding communities. We look at the use of behavioural science to shape narratives, language, and policy around pressing displacement concerns. Our research is centered on the science of empathy-driven narratives highlighting hidden voices, forgotten crises, and neglected issues to counter mainstream misunderstanding on trauma and accountability in displacement and resettlement.
By connecting donors, practitioners, policymakers, and displaced people, we aim to build solid support for MHPSS and serious commitment for action - as a global mental health concern - to make visible the necessary and vital work of mental health support in places of crises.
WHY PRIORITISE MENTAL HEALTH IN CRISES?
In emergencies, response caters to primary needs - food, water, medical aid, and shelter. At the same time, people fleeing into the unknown are going through tremendous disruption after suffering reverberating loss. Our minds and bodies can respond to traumatic upheaval immediately, in the aftermath, or in the years that follow. In turn, insufficient aid to meet basic needs after catastrophic events can contribute significantly to daily life stressors for displaced people. Just as primary needs meet our immediate physical concerns, we must also see frontline mental health work as a necessary part of humanitarian relief to meet the tremendous need for and right to quality mental health care in crises and long-term recovery.
MHPSS is not just relevant in contexts of violence. Climate change is already contributing to extreme weather patterns and unforeseen disasters causing deep public anxiety and depression over the state of our environment and lack of expedient action to stall massive environmental shifts. As millions flee baron lands and flooded planes in the Global South, migration, loss and rising suicides reveals the serious mental health emergency of climate change.
A longstanding silent epidemic has marked itself across native lands. The intersectionality of trauma among Indigenous and minority populations reveals a national epidemic originating from the failure of structural policies to redress mental health inequities in a system of continued oppression. The legacies of the past - from cultural genocide to servitude - reverberates across generations to impact present-day racial injustice and human rights abuses leading to evolving mental health concerns.
Now and in the future, we will continue to respond to displacement crises around the world. From conflict to climate change, understanding how mental health affects integration, asylum outcomes, social cohesion, and daily life stressors can help shape policy that respects people's dignity and rights to protection, as well as equip communities with better information and means to support displaced people in rebuilding their lives.
In a future of displacement and resettlement, MHPSS must remain a key part of the agenda going forward.
WORK WITH US
We are open to new partnerships, consultancy opportunities, research collaborations, speaker events and workshops.
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