GMH Humanitarian

These materials address mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian assistance.

Some emphasise supportive care for aid workers. Others emphasise supportive care for those in conficts/calamities and development settings.

Note July 2015: The list below is not updated. See the info and links on the MHIN website for many recent materials:

Stress Management in Peace Operations, 2015, Maren Rößler and Cord Wiesenthal.  ("This study is based on interviews with German civilian experts in international peace missions by the EU, OSZE, and UN and those responsible for human resources in these organizations. The authors Maren Rößler and Cord Wiesenthal investigated which cumulative stress factors in peace missions influence the well-being and motivation of the staff involved and how the stress they experience can be managed by the institutions. The results show that internal factors connected to the mission cause the most stress, but that advice offered by the institutions is primarily focused on the external circumstances relevant to safety concerns.")

Humanitarian Effectiveness and Staff Wellbeing, webinar organized by Humanitarian Professionals in Assistance and Protection, 30 July 2015. (audio and powerpoint available online, opening 30 minute presentation by Dr. Alastair Ager, Columbia University)

Code of Good Practice in the Management and Support of Aid Personnel (1997, 2003) People In Aid

Community-Based Psychological Support: A Training Kit (2009). International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, Denmark

Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices from Around the World (2002) Kelly O’Donnell, editor (50 articles on worker adjustment in mission/aid)

Guide for Humanitarian, Health Care, And Human Rights Workers :Caring for Others, Caring for Yourself (2002) John Ehrenreich

Health Library for Disasters, Pan American Health Organization (WHO). A major electronic information resource on public health for emergency preparedness and response and complex emergencies. See the list of materials on mental health.

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2007)

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings: What Should Humanitarian Health Actors Know? (2010)

Managing Stress in Humanitarian Workers: Guidelines for Good Practice (2006, 2nd ed). Antares Foundation
 Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Operational Security Management in Violent Environments (2000, 2010). Humanitarian Practice Network

Prioritizing Mental Health in Development Aid Programs (2010) Global Initiative on Psychiatry.

Psychological First Aid 2011 (IASC et all–TBA)

Psychological Support: Best Practices from Red Cross & Red Crescent Programmes (2001) International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Sharing the Front Line and the Back Hills: Peacekeepers, Humanitarian Aid Workers, and the Media in the Midst of Crisis(2002) Yael Danieli, editor (articles, research, and worker accounts)

Sphere Handbook,english/

Assessment Tools–For some free, online self assessment tools see the materials at the bottom of the home page at the Reality DOSE website:
MHPS Resources--See the resources on the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network. This Netowrk seeks "to improve mental health and psychosocial well being in emergencies and situations of adversity by improving access to people, resources and knowledge" (from website)