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Position Paper

Committee: World Health Organization

Country: Republic of the Philippines

Delegate: Louise Harder Larsen, Leiden MUN


Topic A: Addressing Issues of Mental Health in Areas of Conflict

The Republic of the Philippines recognizes the effects conflicts have on people’s mental health. We understand the importance of addressing mental health and have in recent years started to take more proactive measures both nationally, and in collaboration with the World Health Organization in efforts to mitigate these issues. Mental health disorders can arise as a serious consequence of conflicts, where people can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, substance, misuse, which can ultimately resort to suicide.


In recent years, the Republic of the Philippines has taken concrete measures against mental health. In 2017 and 2018, the Philippines established a National Mental Health Policy, and the Philippine Mental Health Law; which affirms mental health, and access to services pertaining to help people deal with mental health, as a fundamental basic human right. These policies aspire to create age appropriate courses in schools, and programs within the workplace that aim to help raise awareness and provide support regarding mental health. Furthermore, we aim to correct the stigma associated with mental health, as this is a great problem of concern within our country.


The causation between conflicts and mental health should not be questioned. The Republic of the Philippines believes simply speaking constructively about mental health is one of the most important and fundamental steps that must be taken to help mitigate the stigma. Within conflicts it is therefore imperative that citizens affected receive consistent support by any kind of agency, so as to deal with their issues both during and after a conflict has elapsed. To do so, the Philippines recommends the WHO to implement an Advisory board that specifically deals with mental health in areas of conflict. The advisory board will act as a guideline and help various NGO’s and other non-state actors who deal with mental health by providing advice regarding areas where their services are most needed. The board will furthermore help bring together, if possible, state and non-state actors to ensure they work together as efficiently as possible, and make sure their work is made knowledgeable to individuals. Through research done by the WHO on mental health in conflicts, the advisory board will make their acquired knowledge available, to ensure organisations operate in the best possible way, and in the most consistent way possible. This will further be monitored by the advisory board, where they will ensure standards set by agencies are followed consistently, as consistency is key to solving mental health disorders during conflicts.