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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.

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.

Workshop: Faith-sensitive psychosocial support: What does it mean in practice?

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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 »

PS Academy 2017

The 2017 PS Academy trainings are planned on the following dates. Please note that not all trainings are yet open for registration. This post will be updated as trainings are opened for registration, and it will be announced on the PS Centre Facebook page and in the newsletter PS News (if you do not already receive… Read more »

Pledge to address the psychological effect of armed conflicts and violence

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Sign the pledge!  Armed conflicts and violence give rise to great mental health and psychosocial challenges among millions of men, women, boys and girls around the world. While needs are currently increasing, mental health and psychosocial well-being is still not high enough on the list of priorities in the field of humanitarian intervention. Therefore IFRC… Read more »