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.
The PS Centre Annual Report for 2016 is available for download now. Read about the work of the IFRC Psychoscial Programme, the global challenges and how they are met.
The training of trainers (ToT) in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) Copenhagen 7 to 9 February 2017 The training of trainers (ToT) in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) enables participants to conduct the two-day basic training in “Psychosocial support for people affected by SGBV”. The ToT is a three day training, during which the participants… Read more »
Inner Resilience: Mental health and psychosocial support The PS Centre and the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support proudly presents a webinar about “Inner Resilience”. The webinar took place on Friday 14 October at 09:00 CET The speakers are: Dr Maureen Mooney, PhD, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School… Read more »
In January 2016 12 PhD fellows join “The COllaborative Network for Training and EXcellence in psychoTraumatology (CONTEXT)”. They will spend three years doing research within the areas of EU-based asylum seekers and refugees; Emergency-service personnel and humanitarian first-responders; and Survivors and perpetrators of childhood- and gender-based violence The goal of CONTEXT is to conduct high… Read more »
The PS Centre is far from the only provider of training and courses in mental health and psychosocial support. All over the world, organizations, universities and other educational institutions are offering courses. Some are short online trainings, others are longer academic courses ending with examinations and ECTS points and yet others are somewhere in between…. Read more »
Azad and Nashmia fled northern Iraq the day that 10 of their family members were kidnapped. Their only thought was to get to somewhere safe, somewhere that could protect them from the violence and uncertainty they faced every day in their village.
There is no lack of empathy amongst aid workers and volunteers for the migrants flocking to the Greek island of Lesvos from countries at war. But empathy alone is not enough to appreciate the desperation that drives people to abandon their home for journeys fraught with danger and uncertainty.
Psychosocial support (PSS) has been one of the five pillars of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As the Ebola operation gradually moves from response to recovery, there are growing experiences in terms of understanding the psychosocial needs of beneficiaries, staff, and… Read more »