Peace of Mind: Report launch

On 10 October 2023, we launched our latest report Peace of Mind: Integrating mental health and psychosocial support in reconciliation and violence prevention programmes in Rwanda and Tajikistan.

This research provides new evidence of the impact of mental health interventions in preventing conflict within communities and supporting efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.

It outlines the findings of in-depth assessments of two of International Alert’s peacebuilding projects, in Rwanda and Tajikistan. It found that mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), when combined with improved economic security and access to justice, can break damaging cycles of violence.

The research is accompanied by first-hand accounts of the effect that conflict has had on people’s mental health and how MHPSS is being used to address this.

We discussed the Rwanda and Tajikistan experiences of peaceful conflict resolution and mental health interventions.


  • Pacifique Barihuta – Programme Manager, Rwanda
  • Ruth Simpson – Head of Conflict Hub
  • Moderator – Hannah Ward – Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications

You can watch our report launch and hear from those involved by watching this fascinating discussion held on World Mental Health Day above.