Let’s talk about Mental Health: Conversation 1: Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings – where are we today?


The Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies is very pleased to announce a new collaboration with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum on the occasion of their “Mental Health” year (2022-2023). Throughout the year, a series of five thematic conversations will bring together experts from different fields to discuss mental health and psycho-social support in the aid sector, as well as in Geneva. Together with experts and the public, we will explore questions such as: What are the new therapeutic approaches? How to represent and destigmatize mental health? How can I take care of myself or others?

Dr. Valerie Gorin, our Head of Learning, is coordinating these conversations with the Museum, to propose cross-sectoral perspectives, critical tools and practical resources to a broad audience. The idea for these conversations was born in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had an impact on mental health of the world population. People experienced high levels of anxiety and stress at fear of contracting the virus, added to brutal disruptions in our daily lives with lockdowns, restrictions of movements, lack of social connection with friends and relatives, unemployment, and working from home. Read more on this initiative in our press release.

First conversation

“Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: where are we today?”

Date: 8 December 2022, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Location: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Avenue de la Paix 17, Geneva

Speakers :

  • Marcos Moyano, Mental Health Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Sofia Ribeiro, MHPSS Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFCR)
  • Rémy Barbe, Head physician in charge of the Hospitalization Unit of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service (SPEA); Dept. of Women, Children and
    Adolescents, HUG, Geneva

Facilitator: Dr. Valerie Gorin, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

The conversations will be held in English only. Please register here.


Marcos Moyano is a psychologist experienced in mental health interventions in war and conflict zones. After working in the public healthcare system in Argentina, he joined MSF in 2015, and did several field missions in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. He later also worked with the ICRC in Southeast Asia. Currently, he is the Mental Health Advisor at MSF’s Operational Center in Geneva, providing advice and direct support to the field teams working on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in over 20 countries. 

Sofia Ribeiro is the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Officer for the IFRC in Geneva. For the last 6 years she has been working in the humanitarian sector, mostly in international missions, including in South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau and Palestine. She supported the implementation and management of MHPSS programs in diverse domains, including response to SGBV, lay counseling, short-term therapy with victims of conflict, group interventions with children and adults, among others. She has started her career in her home country, Portugal, where, among others, she has collaborated with the Portuguese Order of Psychologists, both in their employability programs and as a trainer for a national program to train psychologists to respond in critical events and large-scale emergencies. She is a clinical psychologist, with advanced studies in different fields of mental health, including neuropsychology, psychotraumatology, mental health policy and services, and is currently undergoing studies in the field of occupational health psychology.

Dr. Rémy Barbe is currently the head physician in charge of the hospitalization unit, at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service (SPEA) at the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). He also provides numerous pregraduate and postgraduate teaching and research activities. His main clinical expertise is the diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with psychiatric pathologies made complex by their association with family, educational, social and sometimes legal problems. He has also a strong interest in the integrative evolution of care, particularly the place of nature, art and culture to promote the well-being of both patients and care staff.