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RAN Policy & Practice A mental health approach to understanding violent extremism, Paris 03 June 2019

The field of preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) has seen increasing calls for multi- and cross-agency coordination in multidisciplinary partnerships. The area of mental health is no exception: more and more, practitioners, policymakers and researchers are beginning to explore the interplay between mental health and radicalisation.

Cross-agency approaches to mental health must recognise that mental ill-health encompasses not only confirmed, current diagnoses, but also conditions that represent areas of potential vulnerability despite not warranting diagnoses (i.e. subclinical cases). A functioning mental health paradigm/approach for the field of P/CVE must address these risk factors.

It should also include evidence-based knowledge of the individual, group and societal protective factors that nurture resilience in multicultural contexts. There is growing acknowledgement that there are no simple causes or 'easy fixes' regarding mental health and violent extremism. Read more


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