Experiences and recommendations from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
This report was produced by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Project on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Consequences of Armed Conflicts, Natural Disasters and other Emergencies (MOMENT), sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Danish Red Cross, Lebanese Red Cross and Swedish Red Cross.
Early in 2020, as the world was beginning to realise the magnitude of the humanitarian and societal consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we began to see the huge psychological implications of the virus itself and the measures to prevent it. Worries and fears about losing loved ones, becoming sick or about health systems being over-loaded continue to be common among the people we support.
Moreover, measures imposed by governments to prevent the spread of the disease, including lockdown
restrictions, quarantines, physical distancing, and their economic and social consequences, further increase this distress and the risk of mental health problems.
Publication date: 08/10/2020
Document status: Final