The last issue of Coping with Crisis this year is now ready. In this issue we look at migration and the psychosocial consequences of being on the move, whether because of war and conflict or in order to seek a financially more stable future.
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).
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one of the greatest humanitarian challenges today. It takes various forms and occurs in diverse situations and contexts across the world. Acts of SGBV have serious impacts on individuals, their families and society as a whole. In the course of their work, staff and volunteers are often confronted with SGBV. However staff and volunteers often feel anxious about the appropriate way to handle these disclosures.
The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement calls for respecting the dignity and the social inclusion of migrants in their host communities and for ensuring that people on the move have unhindered access to the right to protection, health care and access to information at any phase of their difficult journey. Psychosocial support is an integral part Red Cross Red Crescent assistance thorough out.
The Japanese Red Cross psychosocial support team uses puppets to help children talk about the trauma they have experienced following the earthquake. By Niki Clark, IFRC. Photo Credit: Eliza Cheung/Japanese Red Cross. In a Red Cross health centre in Melamchi, Nepal, Eliza Cheung leafs through page after page of drawings. They are of all the same… Read more »
The PS Centre is pleased to announce the release of two new training manuals: Caring for Volunteers training manual and Different. Just like you training guide. Different. Just like you: A psychosocial approach promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities: Training guide is a one-day training workshop based on the handbook of the same name…. Read more »
The year 2014 was characterized by an unusually high number of serious crises and disasters worldwide. Read the PS Centre’s annual report for 2014 to learn more about how the National Societies have met the challenges and how the the PS Centre strives to support the efforts of the National Societies
The PS Centre has asked Jolie Wills, Psychosocial Knowledge Sharing and Research Advisor for New Zealand Red Cross, to share her experiences in and impressions of psychosocial recovery work with the readers of the PS Centre’s website. Purpose and potted plants In exploring how we support those working in disaster recovery, I visited tsunami-affected communities… Read more »
“Little by little, men dressed in white suits invaded my dreams,” explains Antoine Kovana Kolié, the former nurse from Conakry turned Safe and Dignified Burial team leader for the Red Cross. He rubs his eyes as he remembers the sleepless nights, deprived of the rest that he desperately needed to get through the most testing of days, burying up to 12 bodies a day, young and old alike, struck down by the Ebola virus disease.
In 2015 the PS Centre offers a range of trainings open to Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers. Watch this site for more information about dates and criteria for participation as they become available here:
MOVING TOGETHER: Promoting psychosocial well-being through sport and physical activity is a handbook for experts and practitioners in sociology, psychology, social work, sport and physical education to enable them to deliver psychosocial support programmes in crisis situations. Well-designed sport activities offer a safe and friendly space for expressing and addressing problems and fears and help…