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Training: Psychosocial support in emergencies

Philippines, Ormoc, Leyte Province; 3 December 2013 Red Cross field hospitals consider more than just emergency and primary medical care. As part of the field hospital ERU (Emergency Response Unit), toys are included to allow older children to play. This photo was taken at a Red Cross field hospital in Ormoc, which has been assisting the district hospital, which was all but destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, serving a population of over 100,000 people. The Red Cross has been active in providing services and support since the first hours after the onset of this disaster.

Psychosocial support in emergencies – four days advanced training Humanitarian actors recognize that natural disasters, armed conflicts, epidemic outbreaks and acts of terror cause significant psychological and social suffering to affected populations. The psychological and social impacts of emergencies may be acute in the short term and can undermine the long-term mental health and psychosocial… Read more »

Latest Coping with Crisis available for download in French

Face à la Crise (1-2014) est maintenant téléchargeable en français ici. Le nouveau numéro de notre magazine traite des questions de la violence, en mettant l’accent sur le soutien psychosocial pour les personnes touchées par le conflit en République centrafricaine, par le typhon Haiyan dans les Philippines, et par la violence sexuelle et sexospécifique. Le… Read more »

Workshop: Follow-up and lessons learned post-2004 tsunami

Follow-up and lessons learned in post-2004 Indian Ocean tsunami psychosocial programming and operations: In July, 2014, the PS Centre, in cooperation with Indonesian Red Crescent (Palang Merah Indonesia) hosted a workshop to strengthen and improve psychosocial programmes and the capacity to deliver PSS interventions in South- and South East Asia after the 2004 Indian Ocean… Read more »

Ebola and psychosocial support: Download briefing package in English and French

Ebola response, training volunteers, Sierra Leone, 2014

Providing psychosocial support during an outbreak of such a deadly and infectious disease is not quite like providing psychosocial support during other more well-known types of crisis. In order to support staff, volunteers and delegates responding to the outbreak, the PS Centre has developed a briefing note on psychosocial support in the context of ebola.

New Coping with Crisis

New issue of Coping with Crisis The latest issue of the magazine deals with issues of violence, focusing on psychosocial support for those affected by the on-going conflict in the Central African Republic, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and gender-based violence. The magazine also highlights the mental health gap and what is being done to… Read more »

Ten years after the tsunami: What we learned

For the PS Centre the end of this month marks the end of a chapter of nearly ten years of psychosocial support in the countries affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The past decade has been one of the most important decades in the history of psychosocial support. The magnitude of the disaster in the Indian Ocean made the need for psychosocial support both clear and broadly accepted, not only in the Movement, but in the world of humanitarian aid as a whole.

Psychosocial Support in Damascus: Fear, hope and commitment

A large number of families are living in a shelter in unfinished buildings next to a garbage dump on top of an open sewer with unsafe water. 150 children of all ages are clustered around volunteers in the shade. Most don’t even notice us, busy as they are drawing, writing and cutting a shield out of paper. They talk to their volunteer about who can protect them and whom they feel safe with.