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A Faith-sensitive approach in humanitarian response: Guidance on mental health and psychosocial programming

Humanitarian agencies have become increasingly aware of the importance of religion in the lives of those they seek to assist and of the potential value of more effective engagement with local faith actors in humanitarian settings. Equally, however, there is concern about how to address these issues in a way that does not threaten humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality, nor risk heightening any existing religious tensions.

2017 Annual Report

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.

Inmates learn psychosocial support in Irish prison

It feels a bit unreal and as being in a parallel world when entering into the prison. We walk through five security checkpoints before we arrive in the training room. It’s a large, bright yellow and quite cold room with plastic chairs and a flip chart. We must leave all our electronics – phones, laptops, tablets –on the outside. So, no PowerPoint or other types of aid. Back to basics.

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.

Pledge to address the psychological effect of armed conflicts and violence

Photo: Ibrahim Malla SARC

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 »