“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
News & Media
Dramatic events such as natural disasters, conflicts and civil unrest attract media attention. As one of the strategic approaches of the PS Centre is communication and documentation, contact with the media goes hand in hand with our obligation to inform and disseminate.
The PS Centre’s web site features news stories from all over the world on psychosocial support as part of the IFRC intervention in humanitarian crisis. Formerly published articles and stories can be found in the news archive.
Coping with Crisis is a a quarterly magazine that issues a monthly newsletter called PS News.
Videos featuring the work of the PS Centre can be found on our YouTube channel (links below).
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.
Duration: 4 days Time and date: Copenhagen, 29 May – 1 June 2018 Training objective: The training will prepare Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers to facilitate psychological first aid sessions to various target groups. The material used in the training will be newly developed PFA materials by the PS Centre. The training… Read more »
Psychosocial Support in National Emergencies Copenhagen, 27 February to 2 March 2018 Training objectives In times of emergency, psychosocial responders are responsible for planning and supporting psychosocial activities as part of the emergency response. This training will enable participants to plan and implement psychosocial responses in the direct response in national emergencies. The training builds… Read more »
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.
Words matter when we talk about psychosocial support.
It makes a difference when a person is portrayed as a passive victim suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders, when really she or he is a survivor experiencing common emotional reactions to a highly stressful and dangerous situation.
Many people have a strong faith or religious identity. When disaster strikes and they have to leave their homes, they don’t leave their faith behind. It stays with them in their efforts to flee and to rebuild their lives. The humanitarian community has been relatively silent on how to respond to this. Political and religious… Read more »
By some miracle, the conservatory wasn’t badly damaged. The first thing we did was to clean it up. We put in a space heater, some nice furniture and cosy lightning. Then, amidst all the chaos, filth and uncertainty, we had a sanctuary. It was a place to be and for the neighbours to come together.
Caring for volunteers – training of trainers: Copenhagen, 14 to 16 November 2017
The training will equip participants with knowledge, skills and tools on planning and implementing caring for volunteers activities and interventions based on the IFRC PS Centre “Caring for Volunteers, a Psychosocial Support Toolkit”.