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 »
The PS Centre invites applications for participation in the Psychosocial Support in Emergencies training taking place in Copenhagen on 31 October to 4 November 2016. Deadline for application is 15 August. Full course description and information about eligibility and registration can be found here
Psychosocial support will form part of the daily work of the Liberian Red Cross volunteers when conducting community event-based surveillance (CEBS) in the communities. Being successful at CEBS requires good attentive listening skills, empathy, the ability to foster trust, and being supportive to families and communities. So to me, psychosocial support skills are essential in fighting future outbreaks of Ebola.
PS Centre staff One 1 June 2016 the PS Centre welcomed its newest team member, Martin Rosenkilde Pedersen who has taken up the position as Senior Fundraising and Partnership manager. Martin joins the 10 persons strong team in Copenhagen. During the last half year the PS Centre has been strengthened by an additional technical advisor,… Read more »
On 1 January 2016, the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support took up the position as Co-chair for the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies (MHPSS RG). The MHPSS RG is a unique collaboration between 38 member organisations covering IFRC, international NGO’s, UN agencies, International Organisation for Migration… Read more »
Registration open! Copenhagen 4 to 7 October 2016: This training prepares participants to facilitate the Community-based Psychosocial Support foundation training. It gives participants deeper insight into the content of Community-based psychosocial support – training kit, as the participants will facilitate parts from the modules in the training kit. Read more about the training and how to… Read more »
Talking Body to Body Nonverbal skills for supporting refugees arriving in Europe By Jonathan Nattel It is a sunny morning in late October, and Fatima, a refugee from Syria, is sitting on a bed in an Austrian transit centre. Fatima’s three-year old daughter is standing next to her, and is refusing to let Fatima change… Read more »
People who are affected by both small and large scale crises and disasters are often exposed to very distressing experiences, becoming separated from family members or their personal belongings, losing loved ones, being evacuated from their homes, or simply having to deal with the disruption to essential services. These experiences can have immediate as well as… Read more »