WHO facilitator guide on Psychological First Aid for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak is a useful resource designed to orient support staff, volunteers and delegates responding to the epidemic and offering psychological first aid (PFA) to affected communities.
To develop the capacity of Red Cross psychosocial workers to adequately address the PSS needs in the Ebola outbreak, guidance materials and PowerPoint presentations are available here for download, along with a three-day programme to train trainers who are able to further disseminate the PSS knowledge and skills to frontline workers.
In order to provide psychosocial support to staff, volunteers and delegates responding to the outbreak of such a deadly and infectious disease, the PS Centre has developed a briefing note on psychosocial support in the context of Ebola. Other useful documents and information are included in the following briefing package.
To ensure that family and friends of delegates obtain as much information as possible in the context of Ebola, this PDF document offers basic information about the disease, the resources available and ways to support a deploying family member or friend.
PSS and VP Rapid Assessment Tool - Emergencies and Recovery 2015This guide provides standards and directions on how to carry out rapid needs assessment for Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Violence Prevention (VP) initiatives including child protection and sexual and gender-based violence. In particular, this rapid assessment tool is designed to help gather data in an efficient and effective way to help inform integration of PSS and VP issues, as minimum standards, into the broader disaster management action plans in response to an emergency. The guide is published jointly by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Canadian Red Cross.
The latest issue of our magazine deals with issues of violence, focusing on psychosocial support for those affected by the on-going conflict in Central African Republic, and following typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, as well as gender-based violence. The magazine also highlights the mental health gap and what is being done to improve it.