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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.

Ebola: Battling fear and stigma

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.

Haiyan volunteers learn how to unwind after the typhoon

Photo: Stephen Ryan, Irish Red Cross

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,…