Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Families at the US-Mexico Border

A guide to caring for the mental health and psychosocial needs of migrant and refugee children and their families.

Guatemala. A boy hugs his mother after being reunited.


This “best practices” guide was developed as part of UNICEF’s initiative to build the capacity of organizational leaders, field staff and volunteers who support the mental health and psychosocial needs of refugee and migrant children and their families at the border of the United States and Mexico. It describes key principles, appropriate interventions and resources to guide those who are designing and organizing services and/or providing direct assistance to these families.