We support corporate groups, educational institutions and other entities in:
- establishing a culture of psychological safety
- supporting corresponding leadership development
- accelerating change processes and handling related cultural challenges
- using the dynamic times to create a more agile operational model
- ensuring best practices in workplace diversity and inclusion
- handling M&A issues including cultural due diligence and employee integration
- deploying Emotional Intelligence as a driver of success
And we support individuals and groups in pandemic-related areas including:
- depression, anxiety, insomnia and PTSD
- sharp rises in workplace and educational-setting stress
- increases in drug and alcohol abuse
MESPERO’s experienced international consultants provide impactful and tailored solutions focused on prevention.
Hundreds of millions of people across the world have little or no access to the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) they urgently require. Those living in poverty, conflict and violence are at heightened risk; the pandemic has made matters worse.
Yet there is no cost-effective, integrated and tailored solution for promoting resilience while preventing and treating MHPSS issues on a mass scale. We fill that void by empowering local populations to adapt their lessons learned from lived experience into scalable, multimedia self-care solutions.
In the spirit of Sustainable Development Goal 17, we create multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize knowledge and resources.
Our mission is to close treatment gaps, increase mental-health literacy, reduce stigmatization and mitigate trauma in humanitarian settings via:
On an intergenerational basis, MESPERO develops youth-empowerment and mentoring programs. Enhancing female rights and decreasing gender-based violence are also in scope.
We promote an inclusive approach to self-care which mitigates negative impacts of war, forced migration, the pandemic and other major challenges. We engage youth from disadvantaged demographics and in last-mile settings.
Those with lived experience and service users are actively incorporated into designing our solutions. Unique Impact Tech approaches, such as immersive digital offerings written and performed by youth, are in progress.
Samples of our related work:
MESPERO is developing a number of projects in various countries. Here is a sample of our initiatives:
Created and developed by Layla Barakeh, Humanitarian Community Life focuses on building capacity for mental health and psychosocial support volunteers in Syria and Yemen.
The SHE OR HE Burnout Model developed by Heather Wokusch was featured by United for Global Mental Health in May 2021: A new model for dealing with pandemic-related burnout. Just click the video to learn more about this innovative approach to handling burnout.
Heather Wokusch, M.A. founded MESPERO and serves as its Executive Director. Her international career in human resources, education, cross-culture, and media has spanned five continents and multiple fields. A firm believer in Impact Tech and the democratization of knowledge, she is an expert in virtual learning. Heather designs training programs for corporations, educational institutions, governments and other entities while consulting on intercultural communication and organizational development (including digital transformation, leadership development, employee engagement, change management, strategy, and globalization).
MESPERO is proud to be sponsored by the International Forum for Understanding. Its Executive Director, Les Simm, is a highly-valued partner. Les works in the business sector in areas ranging from security risk management and business resilience to humanitarian operations and disaster relief. He has expertise in disarmament, non-proliferation, arms control and verification, security sector reform and countering transnational organised crime. Having trained as a psychiatric nurse in his early career, Les has long-term interest in mental health and wellbeing. Les is a passionate supporter of the SDGs with a particular focus on project implementation and making a demonstrable and direct impact on people’s lives.