Musée International
de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge
Musée International
de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge

Let’s Talk About Mental Health!

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

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On the occasion of our "Mental Health" year (2022/2023) we are collaborating with the Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Studies (Dr. Valérie Gorin) and the Interfaculty Centre for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva (Dr. Marzia Varutti). Throughout the year, a series of 5 thematic conversations will bring together specialized discussants from different fields of expertise in the informal and inspiring settings of our exhibitions. Together, we will explore questions such as: What are the new therapeutic perspectives in emergency contexts ? How to represent mental health ? How can I take care of myself or others?

Our approach seeks to offer critical tools and practical resources to a broad audience in order to destigmatize mental health issues.


1st discussion : Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: where are we today?

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


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

© Aline Bovard Rudaz

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.

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