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

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10 December 2015
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Mindfulness and Wellbeing – Mental Health and Humanitarian Aid Workers: A Shift of Emphasis from Treatment to Prevention

Mindfulness and wellbeing have become terms that have become almost universal in their usage in everyday parlance. In recent years, there has been an ever increasing awareness of mindfulness-based approaches to stress reduction, along with well documented scientific evidence on its benefits towards supporting personal and organisational wellbeing.

This paper by Hitendra Solanki on behalf of the CHS Alliance (2015) aims to elaborate and explore the current state of wellbeing support available to aid workers within the humanitarian secor. In doing so, it will also endeavour to unpack the concept of wellbeing itself, an often vague and undefined subject matter, that itself, also often manifests in an equally vague and undefined strategy within our organisations.

This paper offers a possible approach for reviewing current wellbeing practices in the sector, and provides an example of a potential pilot programme utilising MBSR, that may help the sector address these chronic levels of stress and anviety experienced by our personnel in a more effective and prevention based manner.

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