Sign the pledge! Armed conflicts and violence give rise to great mental health and psychosocial challenges among millions of men, women, boys and girls around the world. While needs are currently increasing, mental health and psychosocial well-being is still not high enough on the list of priorities in the field of humanitarian intervention. Therefore IFRC… Read more »
News & Media
Dramatic events such as natural disasters, conflicts and civil unrest attract media attention. As one of the strategic approaches of the PS Centre is communication and documentation, contact with the media goes hand in hand with our obligation to inform and disseminate.
The PS Centre’s web site features news stories from all over the world on psychosocial support as part of the IFRC intervention in humanitarian crisis. Formerly published articles and stories can be found in the news archive.
Coping with Crisis is a a quarterly magazine that issues a monthly newsletter called PS News.
Videos featuring the work of the PS Centre can be found on our YouTube channel (links below).
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 »
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.