REPSSI has developed a set of simple, effective tools for social and emotional support that can be used by children, youth, their families or their communities.
These tools can be used by trained members of our partner organisations, to help with setting goals, solving problems, building confidence, managing illnesses and grief, and communicating needs and aspirations.
There are 5 categories of REPSSI tools:
To influence policy and direct change to the social conditions that directly affect wellbeing of all individuals.
Provision of Basic Services
Food, shelter, education, housing, health etc into which PSS needs to be mainstreamed (potential to reach and benefit the vast majority of individuals including those more severely affected at any time).
Family and Community Support
Everyday care and support provided by caregivers, friends, community members (potential to reach and benefit a significant percentage of less severely individuals at any time, the most powerful and sustainable form of PSS).
Focused Non-Specialist Supports
For special needs of individuals who are not coping and who are exhibiting symptoms of distress (potential to reach and benefit a small fraction of more severely affected individuals at any time).
Specialised Mental Health Services
Psychiatric, clinical, psychological, and specialised healer services, for individuals with clinical mental health diagnoses (potential to reach and benefit only a very small fraction of the most severely affected individuals at any time).
Examples of our tools:
Journey of Life is a series of activities which helps communities to reflect on the needs of vulnerable children, and plan a course of action to support them.
Tree of Life helps community-based workers to talk with vulnerable children about family, relationships, loss and bereavement in a way that helps them share stories of hope, values and connections.
Hero Book is a series of autobiographical storytelling and art exercises, which supports children and youth to identify a significant psychosocial obstacle standing in the way of their goals, and to find ways to gain power over this obstacle.
You can see all our tools on our Manuals and Tools page.