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Humanitarianism and Mental Health

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3 June 2021

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Humanitarianism and Mental Health

For their annual Careers in Humanitarianism Day, Manchester University held a session on Humanitarianism and Mental Health, which is becoming increasingly more discussed and recognised in both academia and humanitarian organisations.

Guest speakers included:

  • Lisa Reilly, Executive Director at GISF
  • Dr Liza Jachens, Webster University
  • Dr Gemma Houldey, Sussex University

Speakers discussed topics including the role of organisations in the mental health of their workers, occupational risks and managing these, and how the events of 2020 specifically (including COVID-19 and BLM) have brought a greater focus onto mental health.

Please find the recording of the event below.


Humanitarian Exchange Special Issue: Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian crises

This issue of Humanitarian Exchange features two pertinent articles: a summary of the findings from a five-year study of psychological first aid, and an article exploring the mental health needs of volunteers.

Mindfulness and Wellbeing – Mental Health and Humanitarian Aid Workers: A Shift of Emphasis from Treatment to Prevention

This paper aims to explore the current state of wellbeing support available to aid workers within the humanitarian sector and to offer a possible approach for reviewing and adjusting current wellbeing practices