INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE ON MINDFULNESS AND SELF-CARE FOR PROFESSIONALS WORKING ON MENTAL HEALTH IN HUMANITARIAN AND FRAGILE CONTEXTS
While it seems that mental health issues among professionals working in humanitarian and fragile contexts are very much present, these issues seem to be yet invisible. As stated by Antares 2013 report, 30% of aid workers have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder. BREATHE International field experience working on humanitarian staff self-care and reports focusing on humanitarian and aid workers show that those professionals experience substantial levels of chronic stress, anxiety, depression and burnout.
In front of this alarming reality, the stigma remains high and the measures to prevent and deal with mental illnesses stay very low. From larger NGOs, intergovernmental organizations to grassroots entities face the challenge to have limited access to be provided with the relevant instruments to handle such situations. more information