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).

Training: PFA for Children

This one-day training introduces participants to psychological first aid for children. The training has been developed for staff and volunteers working with psychosocial support for children and those providing direct care and support to children in distress and their caregivers, such as nurses, teachers, social workers, health volunteers or ambulance workers.

STRENGTHS project: Mobilising Syrian Refugees to boost mental health

The PS Centre is partner in the STRENGTHS project, which is teaching Syrian refugees to provide a mental health intervention called Problem Management+ (PM+). An earlier version of its curriculum, which was developed by the World Health Organization, was tested with displaced populations in Pakistan and survivors of gender-based violence in Kenya and proved to be effective.

26 to 30 November 2018: Asia Pacific Regional Training – Training of trainers in Psychological First Aid

Asia Pacific Regional Training – Training of trainers in Psychological First Aid 26 to 30 November 2018 at Hong Kong Red Cross Headquaters, Hong Kong Psychological first aid is a method of helping people in distress so they feel calm and supported in coping with their challenges. It is a way of assisting someone to… Read more »

Updated eCBHFA features community-based psychosocial support and PFA training

eCBHFA is a community based programme where community members gather to discuss topics that affect their health and safety and address how to they can improve their communities. eCBHFA is IFRC’s revised version of the CBHFA approach which is now operational in 109 countries. eCBHFA comprises a comprehensive approach to primary health care, first aid… Read more »

A Faith-sensitive approach in humanitarian response: Guidance on mental health and psychosocial programming

Humanitarian agencies have become increasingly aware of the importance of religion in the lives of those they seek to assist and of the potential value of more effective engagement with local faith actors in humanitarian settings. Equally, however, there is concern about how to address these issues in a way that does not threaten humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality, nor risk heightening any existing religious tensions.

2 to 4 October 2018: PFA in Groups – Support to teams

Photo: Ibrahim Malla SARC

Registration open now: “PFA in groups – support to teams” has been developed for managers of teams of staff and volunteers, such as programme managers, volunteer team leaders, field officers, youth leaders or others who have the responsibility for the well-being of teams of Red Cross and Red Crescent staff or volunteers.

2017 Annual Report

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.

Psychological First Aid training

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.

Webinar: Psychosocial support as part of a FACT mission:

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 »