Support for Aid Workers, Journalists and Activists

 Support for humanitarian workers and missionaries

Humanitarian workers

People In Aid. Includes the Code of Good Practice; publications; and information about workshops.

Aid Workers Network. Forum for aid workers to ask and answer questions of each other and to exchange resources, information and support.

Cochrane Evidence Aid Project. Reviews research evidence on aid-related matters such as resources for earthquakes, flooding, sanitation and PTSD

Comhlamh. For aid workers who have returned to Ireland, includes information about a free ‘coming home weekend’, careers tuition, referral to counsellors, and other support.

Help after disasters and trauma

Trauma Central. Containing numerous excellent papers on many issues related to trauma.

Hostage UK. Help in cases involving kidnapping.

David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages. Useful trauma information, including principles for working with traumatised children. Handouts available in English and Spanish.

The Trauma Clinic. Links to other trauma sites.

Crisis management training powerpoints. Downloadable powerpoints on crisis management, with reviews.

The Peace Corps, including a crisis management handbook and workbook, and a rape response workbook.

Cruse. For bereavement care and information.

Learn about humanitarian aid projects. Information page about humanitarian aid work.

Websites which provide useful information in languages other than English

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia. Multicultural mental health website. Includes factsheets on depression, anxiety disorders and other difficulties in over 20 languages. Many of the sheets are available in audio as well as print format, for those who prefer to listen rather than read the information. Has links to other multicultural resources.

Headington Institute. Includes free online training modules covering a range of subjects including trauma and travel stress. Some are available in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

Glasgow Steps. Information about depression, stress and related problems, as well as interviews with leaders from different faith communities about issues related to mental health. Includes some information in Polish and Slovak. Urdu translations are also planned.

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Search for ‘Managing stress in the field’, in Spanish or French.

David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages. Trauma information, including principles for working with traumatised children. Handouts in Spanish.

Arabic Member Care Projects. Book chapters on debriefing and other topics, available in Arabic. Primarily for those involved with Christian work overseas.

Community Stress Prevention Center. Israeli organisation founded by influential psychotrauma specialist Professor Mooli Lahad. Many useful materials in Hebrew.

Familiegladje. Resources in Swedish and English for helping third culture kids, based on ideas from family therapy and the author’s experience.

Mobile Member Care Team has French handouts on debriefing, trauma, helping children, and teams.

Famille je t’aime. French resources for helping families.

Barnabas International. Information about debriefing, free retreats, seminars for children, and encouragement letters for missionaries, available in Spanish, Hindi, Russian and Ukrainian.

American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Facts for Families: advice for families on children and teenagers’ mental health problems. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

These links were taken from Mindfulnext – Aid for the Aid Worker ” …website of Alessandra Pigni, licensed psychologist, staff care consultant, researcher and once upon aid worker.Advocating for better staff care in the aid sector before it was cool.”

Interhealth an international health charity preparing, sustaining and supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals working around the world. Based in London www.interhealthworldwide.org

The Garrison Institute offers training in resilience skills based in yoga, meditation, and psychosocial education. Please contact CBRT@garrisoninstitute.org for more information, or visit their website www.garrisoninstitute.org

The Headington Institute strengthens humanitarian organizations by promoting the wellbeing of their staff, making us a partner in worldwide humanitarian work. www.headington-institute.org

CHS Alliance promotes good practice in the management and support of aid personnel www.chsalliance.org

The Antares Foundation aims to improve the quality of management and staff support and care in humanitarian and developmental organizations. Based in the Netherlands. www.antaresfoundation.org

Centre for Humanitarian Psychology in Geneva – dedicated to improving the professionalism of humanitarian staff in their mental and psychosocial health interventions through better information, training and support www.humanitarian-psy.org/

For journalists covering conflicts

The Dart Centre educates journalists and journalism students about the science and psychology of trauma and the implications for news coverage. They have excellent resources on their website www.dartcenter.org/topic/self-care

BBC  Peer-Support Network to give advanced training to journalists who have suffered psychological damage.

Experienced journalists talk about their experiences, and there’s information about the support available. www.bbc.co.uk/academy/journalism/article/art20130702112133415

For political activists

If you are active in Israel/Palestine you can contact PsychoActive, a network of mental health practitioners who provide psychological support to activists. Contact me for further details.

Kvinna till Kvinna’s Manual to support activists – in particular women – around the world www.integratedsecuritymanual.org

Front Line Defenders works to provide fast and effective action to help protect human rights defenders at risk so they can continue their work as key agents of social change. They provide resources in several languages including Arabic, Farsi, French, Spanish and Russian. www.frontlinedefenders.org

Activist Trauma Support provides mental health resources for activists www.activist-trauma.net/en/mental-health-matters.html

Capacitar International Teaches simple wellness practices that lead to healing www.capacitar.org/index.html

 

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