Guaranteeing a basic level of psychosocial support and integrating MHPSS across sectors is very important to people’s well-being and to their resilience. It amplifies all the activities that the Movement does. It is important to understand what a basic level of psychosocial support means, which centres around good communication skills, being able to listen with empathy and to speak effectively, but also being able to look after yourself. What is important in terms of delivering services is forming connections with others, but also ensuring our own resilience.
Sarah Davidson, Head of Psychosocial & Mental Health at British Red Cross
In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Sarah Davidson, Head of Psychosocial & Mental Health at British Red Cross, and Sarah Harrison, Technical Team Lead in the IFRC Psychosocial Centre.
Sarah and Sarah are co-leading one of the five working groups within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement implementing the Movement’s MHPSS commitments. Working Group one dedicated to Basic Psychosocial Support across Sectors.
Working group one have put together resources and produced spreadsheets as part of their work. Some of the products created are: Assessment Monitoring Tools and Preparedness Plans, Resources Challenging Mental Health Stigma and Mapping of Basic PSS Training Courses.
In the podcast, the MHPSS Framework is mentioned several times. Find more information about the MHPSS Famework here.
You can also find more information about the work of implementing the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Roadmap, Resolution and Policy on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support on the PS Centre Resource Room.
The podcast Heartbeat of Humanity is mainly for staff and volunteers in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, especially staff and volunteers working in mental health and psychosocial support services.