In many ways, 2017 was a special year seen through the lenses of mental health and psychosocial support in the IFRC. International attention has never been so strongly focused on psychosocial support at field level, in research and at policy level.
In this short lessons learned webinar, FACT delegates Zara Sejberg and Amelie Doyon recounts experiences and lessons learned from deployments to Bangladesh and Sierra Leone. Amelie Doyon’s mission report can be downloadet here: Lessons Learned_Sierra Leone Amelie Doyon recommends using the IFRC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for psychosocial programming to set up M&E systems Zara Sejberg… Read more »
New webinar series: Psychosocial Support in Emergencies – lessons learnt
“Mental health and psychosocial support is not an appendix. It is at the core of what we do when we do health. We want to harmonise our approach but also bring it to the States, because the Movement won’t be able to do this alone” Yves Daccord, Director-General, ICRC
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.
Webinar 26 October:
Why is the evidence-base for PFA so limited? What are the challenges for conducting research on PFA?
This webinar will seek to address these questions
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.
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.
Many people have a strong faith or religious identity. When disaster strikes and they have to leave their homes, they don’t leave their faith behind. It stays with them in their efforts to flee and to rebuild their lives. The humanitarian community has been relatively silent on how to respond to this. Political and religious… Read more »
By some miracle, the conservatory wasn’t badly damaged. The first thing we did was to clean it up. We put in a space heater, some nice furniture and cosy lightning. Then, amidst all the chaos, filth and uncertainty, we had a sanctuary. It was a place to be and for the neighbours to come together.