In-Focus

High Risk Environments

Every humanitarian organization should be familiar with these guidelines in the preparation and support of aid workers.

For more information, follow the link: UKPTS High Risk Environments Guidance Document

For managers of humanitarian organizations seeking training in how to prepare and support aid workers, go to The Humanitarian’s 2016 manager training program page


Mental health, PTSD and burnout

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/23/secret-aid-worker-mental-health-ptsd-and-burnout


Sexual harassment and discrimination of aid workers

There are countless stories – and for some, the impact lingers. Make sure you are prepared and are aware of support options. Talk with experienced colleagues about this topic.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/jul/29/secret-aid-worker-sexual-harassment-and-discrimination


Mental health crisis amongst aid workers

This is an interesting read and reiterates the key message that staff wellbeing within organizations should not be left to luck or the ad hoc championing by a solo mental health advocate within an organization.  Mental health needs to be managed systemically and the competency to do so be a key criteria of any people managers with responsibilities for the efficacy and wellbeing of humanitarian aid workers.

Read about the study:  http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/nov/23/guardian-research-suggests-mental-health-crisis-among-aid-workers


In a Communications role?

The roles of communications personnel are central to core humanitarian business and funding.

Check out this story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-15/sebastian-rich-photographer-of-war-and-occasionally-peace/7265082

If you know someone in the media who needs support, refer them to this great resource for journalists: http://dartcenter.org/asia-pacific


Humanitarian relief workers and trauma related illness

a summary of research to date
http://epirev.oxfordjournals.org/content/34/1/145.full


Ebola and psychological stress of health care professionals

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/21/5/14-1988_article


Guidelines for organizations for managing stress

The Guidelines are free and can be easily downloaded by going to:  https://www.antaresfoundation.org/guidelines#.VpW8ZNFumM9

There is also a new interactive version of the Guidelines online which permits visitors to the site to click on a Principle of support to be taken to the content of the Guidelines.


Guidelines for organizations for managing psychosocial risk

The Mandala Foundation in Australia have also recently published guidelines for Managing Psychosocial Risk across the Assignment Cycle.  These guidelines aim to support responsible Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) and staff care practices in the aid sector.  For more information, follow the link: http://www.mandalafoundation.org.au/index.php?page=guidelines-for-managing-psychosocial-risk-across-the-assignment-cycle


Better protection needed for aid workers

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-17/aid-workers-say-humanitarian-agencies-not-looking-after-them/7038904


World Mental Health Day - 10th October

The theme of World Mental Health Day this year is Psychological and Mental Health First Aid. Have a look at the World Health Organization’s website: http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2016/en/  Some great resources to download.


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