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).

Abstracts from the Research Network Annual Meeting 2017

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support brought together 32 people from 16 countries to share their research experience on two themes: mental health of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and caring for staff and volunteers. The annual meeting was a combination of key… Read more »

Inmates learn psychosocial support in Irish prison

It feels a bit unreal and as being in a parallel world when entering into the prison. We walk through five security checkpoints before we arrive in the training room. It’s a large, bright yellow and quite cold room with plastic chairs and a flip chart. We must leave all our electronics – phones, laptops, tablets –on the outside. So, no PowerPoint or other types of aid. Back to basics.

PFA webinar now available online

The past decade has witnessed a boom in Psychological First Aid (PFA) models, guidelines and manuals. They all build on the same principles of helping people in distress by ensuring safety, calmness, comfort, talking and listening, helping to identify needs, and helping to provide access to what they need. In spite of this, very few high-quality research studies support the effectiveness of PFA.

Coming Up! Training of Trainers in Psychological First Aid

Duration: 4 days Time and date: Copenhagen, 29 May – 1 June 2018 Training objective: The training will prepare Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers to facilitate psychological first aid sessions to various target groups. The material used in the training will be newly developed PFA materials by the PS Centre. The training… Read more »

Apply for 2018 Training in Psychosocial Support in National Emergencies

Psychosocial Support in National Emergencies Copenhagen, 27 February to 2 March 2018 Training objectives In times of emergency, psychosocial responders are responsible for planning and supporting psychosocial activities as part of the emergency response. This training will enable participants to plan and implement psychosocial responses in the direct response in national emergencies. The training builds… Read more »

Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network Annual Meeting 2017

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on MHPSS will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 22-23 November 2017. The annual meeting brings together practitioners and researchers involved in MHPSS research from the Movement and allows them to share their research findings and exploring the potential for future research partnerships.  The format will be a combination of key note speakers, workshops, research presentations and group discussions.

Talking and writing about psychosocial support

Words matter when we talk about psychosocial support.

It makes a difference when a person is portrayed as a passive victim suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders, when really she or he is a survivor experiencing common emotional reactions to a highly stressful and dangerous situation.