Loreeley (loreeley) wrote in refugeenews,

Resources on psychosocial care in emergency situations

I went to a brilliant short course this weekend. It was organised by Oxford University's Refugees Studies Center and had the serious title of Psychosocial Responses to Conflict and Forced Migration, but was more broader than mental health in the often restricted sense, considering the issue more along the basis of 'how to help people cope with an emergency situation'. The topic of mental well-being of people working in emergencies was also touched upon.

I think this could be interesting to a few people here, both as educational tools and maybe even for your work, so I wanted to share resources.

* * IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings: here in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, as well as a poster summary of main points. For those who are using this is a work context, the guidelines also include a lot of links to further resources. [ Related to the above, I was also given two documents on “DRAFT Assessment and Action Tool on How to Develop Coordination of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings” and “IASC Guidelines checklist for field use” (short 8-page version of the guidelines). These are Word documents but I would be happy to email them to anyone interested. ]
* * Headington Institute, providing psychological and spiritual support to relief and development workers worldwide
* * Antares Foundation, dedicated to improve the quality of management and staff support and care in humanitarian and developmental organisations
* * Psychosocial Working Group on Forced Migration Online
* * Psychosocial Forum of Child Soldiers (info not only related to children, as well as in languages other than English)
* * Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support of the International Federations of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
* * Mental Health and Psychosocial Network, which also includes a Live Support section where one can ask questions and get specific support ~ great for people working in the field
* * Impact, a Dutch organization
* * Intervention International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict
* * Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma & Transformation
* * Agency Learning Network on the Care and Protection of Children in Crisis-Affected Countries.
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