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Mental health and psychosocial support in schools: Findings from NRC’s Better Learning Programme in Colombia

Mental health and psychosocial support in schools: Learner, teacher, caregiver, and community perceptions of programming and impact. Findings from qualitative research featuring the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Better Learning Programme in Colombia.

Colombia is recognized as the third most neglected nation in terms of the displacement crises globally, as reported by NRC in 2022. The country is facing a deep-rooted humanitarian crisis, fueled by internal conflicts since 1958 and resulting in over 2.17 million displaced persons by 2022.

While Colombian laws mandate mental health care and early detection in schools, there is a significant gap between policy and implementation of such programs, especially in rural and conflict-affected areas. Prolonged exposure to violence and instability has led to heightened levels of anxiety and depression among children and youth.

This research set out to examine the enabling environments for MHPSS interventions delivered in education settings in humanitarian contexts, with specific focus on the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Better Learning Programme (BLP) implemented in Colombia.

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