Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser Tool – (VEHA Tool) is a tool
to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response. Sector Planning guidances allow you to environmentally align your project strategy design.
Ensure appropriate health response while minimising any negative programme impact on the natural environment
# of communities developing and implementing their own community self help and social support
# of activities that include training of local staff in primary psychological first aid
Reduction in reported alcohol and drug abuse.
Have you assessed environmental drivers of community wellbeing and individuals' mental health?
Have you considered training local staff in the provision of psychological first aid?
Monitoring and evaluation.
Training attendance reports.
Police reports. Health reports. Community consultation.
• Include an assessment of environmental determinants of health and environmental drivers of community wellbeing and mental health in the design of community self-help and social support groups.
• Training local staff in psychological first aid allows timely and efficient healthcare service provision as well as avoiding unnecessary travel from other or international staff. Additionally, training local staff increases ownership and local capacity.
• Include an assessment of environmental determinants of health and environmental drivers of community wellbeing and mental health in the design of mental health programmes. Assess whether there is conflict over natural resources; loss of hope due to lack of viable livelihoods. Identify harmful environmental practices such as waste dumping, burning, pollution, overuse of natural resources, and destruction of ecosystems and trace their connections to wellbeing and mental health. Involve the community in assessing and designing and implementing activities to clean up their environment as part of their wellbeing and mental health support.