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.
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).
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…
Strong psychosocial support advisor with psychosocial crisis management experience and good facilitation skills for global centre of excellence Please note that this vacancy has expired The purpose of the position at The International Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support as Technical Adviser is to strengthen technical support to National Societies, the Zone, Regional Offices and…
“I am amazed to see how the volunteers persist in working under extremely difficult conditions and under extreme heat that exceeds 40 degrees Celsius during the day. Generally, all over the world, Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers are involved in responding to destructive events. In most places, the volunteers do their thing, and get to…
This issue features stories about Syria, Kenya, research, economic crisis, trainings, reflections and much more. Download English PDF
In the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, a group of young girls are assembled in a classroom. Despite the bitter cold outside, the freshly painted classroom exudes warmth and happiness. As we enter, the girls greet us with clapping and the phrase “pakher raghlay,” which means welcome in the local language.
Films and examples of psychosocial activities in the field Please go to our youtube channel to watch films about psychosocial support.
Download the latest version of Coping with Crisis in English here. Téléchargez la version française du nouveau numero de Face à la crise ici. La versión española del ’Afrontando la Crisis’ ahora está lista para bajar aqui.