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The IFRC Psychosocial Centre is looking for a new MHPSS in Emergencies Specialist to take over the role of Co-Chairing the IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG) alongside the WHO.
Many humanitarian workers including colleagues from Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) have been killed or injured in Gaza. They lost their lives trying to assist a civilian population suffering from bombings, chain displacement and a dire humanitarian situation.
Children need information that is carefully crafted to cater to their age group and preferences. Without these tailored materials, they might not understand or could misunderstand essential information that supports their protection and access to vital services.
While there is no doubt humanity is alive and well in the hearts of the millions of RCRC representatives across the globe it is equally true that the challenges we face have never been more severe. RCRC staff and volunteers are providing support and assistance whenever needed, wherever needed, whatever the cause of the needs and however its possible to meet them – and the sad truth is these efforts are in high demand.
This report covers a high-level overview of the climate-related mental health risks as identified by the consulted National Societies. Firstly, at risk population groups are highlighted and implications for the work of IFRC staff and volunteers are addressed. Secondly, examples of initiatives from National Societies are showcased to illustrate potential pathways to addressing the mental health and psychosocial challenges arising from the climate crisis.
In this episode Communication Officer at the IFRC PS Centre, Villads Zahle interviews emergency expert and MHPSS technical advisor, Shona Whitton about the newly published Training Guide on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies. Shona outlines the potential of the new guide in the context of her professional experiences in emergencies and the mental health implications for exposed individuals and communities.
This MHPSS in Emergencies training aims to prepare MHPSS responders, disaster managers, and emergency team leaders for work in the field by building understanding of basic concepts of MHPSS in emergencies as well as planning and implementing PSS activities.
In response to the exponentially growing need to provide Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services to people displaced from Ukraine National Societies have been committed to integrating and implementing Psychological First Aid (PFA) within their Ukraine Response to provide Psychosocial support and to ensure displaced Ukrainians receive the adequate services.
Sport Coach+ is an innovative project which aims to equip 2,500 sports coaches in Ukraine and surrounding countries with the skills to more effectively manage young players who may have experienced trauma as a result of their forced displacement. 
The IFRC has concerns. The Pact focuses on the normalization of detention and speedier processes at borders. Both are worrying. Detention damages people. Quick decisions can risk returning people who should be granted asylum. In the Pact’s implementation, EU countries must ensure the systemic use of detention is avoided at all costs, and that individuals are always treated as individuals.
The IFRC Psychosocial Centre is one of the partners of a project under EU4Health providing mental health and psychosocial support to Ukrainians affected by more than two years of armed conflict. The project funded by the EU is implemented in collaboration with IFRC, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, and National Red Cross Societies in Ukraine and 24 European countries.
In this episode Communication Officer at the IFRC PS Centre, Villads Zahle interviews Moaaz Allahham, a young Syrian man forced onto an irregular route to Europe, Maria Marga, an activist working for Collective Aid to assist people on the move at Serbia's border with the EU, and Sarah Harrison, an IFRC PS Centre expert on the pressures, stress and mental health implications of ongoing abuses along EU borders.
The Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF) is collaborating with the IFRC Psychosocial Centre, to deliver Sport Coach+, a foundational skills training in trauma-informed coaching practice designed to reach 100,000 young people, including those affected by the displacement crisis resulting from the conflict in Ukraine.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is to inspire the inclusion of women. In 2019, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement made a significant formal commitment to the inclusion of women through Resolution 5 – Women and leadership in the humanitarian action of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
An Interdisciplinary Desk Review has been published by ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre and VU Amsterdam.
The IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre) is looking for a project administrator to join our international team in Copenhagen.