Ebola DRC
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Ebola

Ebola is a disease that causes a significant amount of fear. It is important to replace fear of the unknown with accurate knowledge about how to prevent and treat the disease.

 

 

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Managing Sexual Violence against Aid Workers

An excellent resource produced by European Interagency Security Form (EISF). Managing Sexual Violence against Aid Workers aims to support aid agencies in preventing, being prepared for and responding to incidents of sexual violence against their staff. 

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Depression

All of us have times in our lives when we feel low.  Feeling sad or drained is a normal part of life.  Depression, like most mental health conditions falls along a spectrum, but is different than normal grief or sadness.  How can we recognize when we’ve tipped into a more damaging type of depression requiring adjustment and support? Fortunately, depression is treatable.

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Vicarious Trauma (Arabic)

هل تشاهد أو تدعم أو تقرأ بانتظام عن الأفراد الذين يعانون من الصدمات أو يتعرضون لها؟

هل أنت عامل في المجال الإنساني أو مراسل إخباري أو تعمل في خدمة الأشخاص الذين يقاسون المعاناة؟سيكون هذا المستند نافعًا لك.

 

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Suicide prevention

How to help a co-worker who may be suicidal: If you have never had thoughts of ending your life, it can be difficult to relate with someone who is. It is always important to take your co-worker (or anyone else) seriously if they say something about ending their life or not wanting to live.

 

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Vicarious Trauma

Traumatic events may produce powerful emotions: fear, anger, disgust, shame. Strong emotions like these don’t just dissipate into thin air but may be shared and transferred wherever encountered.

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Bereavement and Grief

The death of a friend, colleague or family member is very distressing, even devastating.  And depending on the nature of your loss, the impact and grieving process will be unique to each person.

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Recognizing and Recovering from Burnout

“You usually don’t realize you’re burned out until afterwards. For example, I like reading as a past-time, but I remember a time when I sat down to read and I couldn’t get past a few sentences before my mind just turned off—that’s when I realized something was really wrong.”

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Stress Management for those working in high stress environments

The extent of your wellbeing and effectiveness will largely depend on how well you manage stress. And in high-stress, fast paced emergency work, self-care usually feels counter-intuitive.

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Support for staff during evacuation

Being well prepared for a sudden shutdown and evacuation or hibernation of your programme goes a long way in helping your staff feel safe and contained.