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MHPSS for People on The Move

The experience of individuals on the move is often marked by traumatic events, uncertainty, and significant challenges. The migration process can expose individuals to a range of psychological stressors, including violence, separation from loved ones, and the loss of familiar surroundings. In this segment, you can find a comprehensive overview of various initiatives, research, and programmes aimed at improving mental health and providing support (MHPSS) to vulnerable populations within migration flows developed within the framework of the regional GIZ project on Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkans (PaCT), in collaboration with NGOs such as “World Vision,” “Zene sa Une,” “Group 484,” and the “Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)”.

It discusses the importance of addressing mental health issues, the inclusion of different groups, and the need for innovative approaches. The texts touch upon themes such as occupational therapy, prevention of trafficking, LGBTI+ support, and the provision of mental health services for people in transit. By implementing these initiatives and recommendations, it is possible to enhance mental health preservation, prevent trafficking, and foster the well-being and resilience of individuals during migration movements

PaCT supported its NGO partners in developing tailored mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) approaches, incorporating a gender-sensitive and digital approach. It utilised tools such as e-counselling platforms, e-learning, art therapy, psychosocial counselling, coaching, and gardening as therapeutic tools. The project also put emphasis on peer-to-peer support, staff care, and the integration of self-care measures into the work of partner organisations.

The main benefits of the project include the development and implementation of context-specific MHPSS approaches, an increased awareness of trafficking risks and available services, enhanced knowledge and accountability of service providers, and regional and international networking and exchange of experiences.

Over 8,000 people have benefited from the provided MHPSS services in  reception centres and support facilities, with more than 20,000 services delivered to beneficiaries throughout the Western Balkan region. The project has developed publications such as a toolbox for assessing the well-being of refugees and migrants, a handbook on preventing trafficking among young men and boys in a migration context, and a report on improving the inclusion of LGBTI+ refugees.


A Gender-sensitive Approach to the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons

Handbook on Working with Young Men and Boys

This handbook aims to enhance the capacity of service providers to understand and address the specific needs and vulnerabilities of young men and boys as an under-served vulnerable group.

Gardening an Occupational Therapy Model

in Working with People in Mixed Migration Flows

World Vision International (WVI) in Bosnia and Herzegovina implemented a comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) project. WVI specifically tested gardening as an occupational therapy approach to improve the mental health and psychosocial well-being of migrants.

Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkans Region (PaCT)

Approach: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Reception Centres

The primary objective of this approach is to deliver mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services in Reception Centres located in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project offers awareness-raising initiatives and counselling services directly to refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants residing in reception facilities.

Rainbow Migration Network

The Rainbow Migration Network (RMN) is a collaborative network of civil society organisations established in December 2022. This brochure aims to provide information about the available services offered by the member organisations of the RMN.

Peer to Peer Approach

The Refugees for Refugees Programme is developed as part of the “Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkans”(PaCT) project. While working with migrants and asylum seekers, the NGO “Group 484” recognised the potential and motivation of refugees to assist and empower fellow migrants in their challenging situations.

MHPSS Services for Refugees in Transit

This document provides an overview of current mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) practises for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in transit contexts. It serves as an initial step for identifying gaps and highlights good practises in the provision of MHPSS services for refugees in transit.

Towards inclusion of LGBTI+ refugees in service provision in the Western Balkans

This report aims to evaluate the current state of inclusion and protection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LGBTI+) refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in the Western Balkan region.

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MHPSS For People on The Move The PaCT project, in collaboration with NGOs, has implemented tailored mental health and psychosocial support approaches for vulnerable populations within migration flows.


MHPSS For Victims Of THB The focus of this segment is on providing comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support to all victims of human trafficking seeking refuge in shelters.


Staff Care & Self Care This segment highlights the significance of prioritizing staff care and self-care strategies for service providers and helpers working with victims of human trafficking and individuals on the move.