In many ways, 2017 was a special year seen through the lenses of mental health and psychosocial support in the IFRC. International attention has never been so strongly focused on psychosocial support at field level, in research and at policy level.
Posts by: Louise Juul Hansen
The PS Centre is developing new materials about psychological first aid. It will be ready for publication in the autumn, but you can get a sneak peak already in the end of May. Join us for the first training in the new material in Copenhagen. Read more about requirements for participation and deadlines.
In this short lessons learned webinar, FACT delegates Zara Sejberg and Amelie Doyon recounts experiences and lessons learned from deployments to Bangladesh and Sierra Leone. Amelie Doyon’s mission report can be downloadet here: Lessons Learned_Sierra Leone Amelie Doyon recommends using the IFRC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for psychosocial programming to set up M&E systems Zara Sejberg… Read more »
New webinar series: Psychosocial Support in Emergencies – lessons learnt
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support brought together 32 people from 16 countries to share their research experience on two themes: mental health of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and caring for staff and volunteers. The annual meeting was a combination of key… Read more »
It feels a bit unreal and as being in a parallel world when entering into the prison. We walk through five security checkpoints before we arrive in the training room. It’s a large, bright yellow and quite cold room with plastic chairs and a flip chart. We must leave all our electronics – phones, laptops, tablets –on the outside. So, no PowerPoint or other types of aid. Back to basics.
“Mental health and psychosocial support is not an appendix. It is at the core of what we do when we do health. We want to harmonise our approach but also bring it to the States, because the Movement won’t be able to do this alone” Yves Daccord, Director-General, ICRC
The past decade has witnessed a boom in Psychological First Aid (PFA) models, guidelines and manuals. They all build on the same principles of helping people in distress by ensuring safety, calmness, comfort, talking and listening, helping to identify needs, and helping to provide access to what they need. In spite of this, very few high-quality research studies support the effectiveness of PFA.
Webinar 26 October:
Why is the evidence-base for PFA so limited? What are the challenges for conducting research on PFA?
This webinar will seek to address these questions
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on MHPSS will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 22-23 November 2017. The annual meeting brings together practitioners and researchers involved in MHPSS research from the Movement and allows them to share their research findings and exploring the potential for future research partnerships. The format will be a combination of key note speakers, workshops, research presentations and group discussions.