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.
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).
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.
In times of crisis, there is much support in friendships and family ties. Friends and family can help each other with practical things and being together with loved ones also makes the difficult times go a little easier. This is also true for Julie-ann, Julius and Valerie teenagers, neighbours and friends living in Tacloban, Philippines.
Call for participants: Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance A pilot distance learning project to research how humanitarian workers learn and improve The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) invites you to join an online course open to all humanitarian staff and volunteers who have deployed in at least one… Read more »
In honour of World Mental Health Day today, the PS Centre is proud to announce the launch of the Restoring Family Links (RFL) and Psychosocial Support (PSS) e-learning course. Developed jointly by the RFL & Missing Unit of the Protection Division, the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS) Health Unit of the Assistance Division… Read more »
Please note that the application deadline has expired Click to download application form Based on several requests for training in psychosocial support from national societies in eastern and southern Africa, the IFRC Africa Zone and the PS Centre have organized a Training of Trainers in Community-Based Psychosocial Support hosted by Malawi Red Cross. The training… Read more »
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was the first to respond, reacting within minutes after a shooting onslaught erupted at a popular shopping centre in Nairobi on 21 September. The attack at the Westgate Mall, which was carried out by a group armed with hand grenades and guns, claimed 68 lives and injured more than… Read more »
“The children who come now, they’re in a much worse situation than those who came before, because they’ve been witnessing atrocities for a much longer time. They’ve witnessed killings, butcherings, living under shells. […] The children can tell you, ‘This is the sound of an incoming shell.’ They’ve been living in this tense situation of… Read more »
In the fashionable shopping streets of Beirut, Syrian women and children beg passersby for money, food and other necessities. On building sites around Lebanon, Syrian children who really should be in school work hard for little pay to help support their families. For Syrian refugee children, childhood is over much too quickly. By Louise Juul… Read more »