The previous issue of Coping with Crisis, 2-2013 is now available for download in Arabic. This issue includes several stories focusing on psychosocial support in Syria, and includes a guidance note for European National Societies on providing psychosocial support for people affected by economic crisis.
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.
Nobody on the land, and nothing, nothing but Ebola.
The disaster everywhere.
Death without proper burial.
Devoid of custom and tradition
No palm greeting and body contact.
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 »
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.
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.
Fear, especially when coupled with poor knowledge about how to prevent the disease, and lack of resources to set up protective measures, can lead to panic and to stigmatization of those who have been in contact with the sick or have been handling dead bodies.
2013 saw both an earthquake and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Gansu earthquake in China, the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, the outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, the Ebola outbreak in Uganda, bombings at the Boston Marathon, the second anniversary of the triple disaster in Japan, the third… Read more »
A psychosocial support (PSS) programme developed by mental health experts from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been adapted to support hundreds of hardworking volunteers who were among those mobilized when Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, struck the islands of the Visayas in the Philippines. By Kate Marshall,…
“I was seeing off friends at the railway station when suddenly I saw a group carrying long knives starting to slash nearby people indiscriminately. I was so terrified and fled desperately. I was lucky to get away, but later, when I closed my eyes, the horrible scenes frantically flashed in my mind and I could…