2021 PSS Forum

We are proud to announce that we will be hosting our 6th Psychosocial Support forum with the theme Innovate. Integrate. Thrive at Maputo, Mozambique from the 13th – 15th October.

The event will take the form of a hybrid physical and virtual forum with the following tracks:

Track A – Humanitarian Emergencies

This track will focus on MHPSS in humanitarian and emergency situations such as COVID-19 and internal/external displacement due to conflict, natural disasters or economic reasons.

Track B – Early Childhood Development

This track looks at models and approaches that enhance mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of parents, caregivers and young children along a continuum of care from pre-pregnancy to pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-natal period into infancy and childhood.

Track C – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Anecdotal evidence shows that there was an increase in GBV and that lack of appropriate sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information sharing and service provision during the COVID-19 pandemic may have led to an increase in number of adolescents that fell pregnant during the past year.

Track D – Protective and Sustainable Livelihoods

Research highlights the negative long-term impacts of abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation on the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of girls, boys and youth. Studies also increasingly show that psychosocial support inventions combined with approaches that strengthen livelihoods are an effective protective mechanism against abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation.  

Click the link for the Late Breaker Abstracts Submission and for more information:


The PSS Forum

REPSSI and partners host a bi-annual Psychosocial Support forum to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of psychosocial support (PSS) and to share knowledge on approaches, research, practice and policy that impact on the provision of PSS to children and youth

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The PSS Forum Programme

A rich array of different methods: panel discussions; plenary sessions; abstract driven and non-abstract driven breakaway sessions and skills building sessions

Forum participants

All sharing their scientific and practical experiences, the participants include:

  • Regional economic blocks
  • National governments
  • Civil society
  • Academia
  • International cooperating partners
  • Community caregivers and youths

The Children’s Pre-forum

The children’s pre-forum brings together children and youth from East and Southern Africa, to share knowledge, information, skills and experiences on issues which hinder or enhance their psychosocial and mental wellbeing.

Previous Forums

PSS Forum 2019
Child help seeking coping
Abstract Sum Bio Ms Mary K Munyao
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