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Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting...

Caring for Volunteers - A Psychosocial Support Toolkit

The role of volunteers in emergencies is increasingly complex. In the emergency environment, staff and volunteers are exposed to trauma, loss and devastation, injury and even death. It is of course difficult to prepare for every type of event and to include every single volunteer. But it is...

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations: Key actions for Caring for Volunteers in COVID-19

This guidance note is a quick reference tool for providing effective care and support to volunteers during the different phases of a COVID-19 response. To effectively care for and support volunteers involved in a COVID-19 response, robust volunteer care systems are needed to enhance their safety...

Psychological Coping during a Disease Outbreak - For families, friends, colleagues of those in quarantine or self-isolation

The Hong Kong Red Cross developed messages of psychosocial support for families, friends and colleagues of those in quarantine or self-isolation. Available in additional languages on the IFRC website.

Remote Psychological First Aid during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Psychological first aid (PFA) is a method of helping people in distress so they feel calm and supported to cope better with their challenges. It is a way of assisting someone to manage their situation and make informed decisions. The basis of psychological first aid is caring about the person in...

Technical Note: Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Alliance produced this technical note on the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this brief is to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the child protection risks during a COVID-19 pandemic. Part 1 presents the potential child protection risks...

Briefing Note on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak: Version 1.1

This briefing note summarises key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It includes messages to frontline workers and supervisors for keeping all staff protected from chronic stress and poor mental health during...

COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement

Women, the elderly, adolescents, youth, and children, persons with disabilities, indigenous populations, refugees, migrants, and minorities experience the highest degree of socio-economic marginalization. Marginalized people become even more vulnerable in emergencies.

Save the Children COVID-19 Program Framework and Guidance

This resource provides guidance to Save the Children and its related programs on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 for vulnerable groups. It includes guidance on child protection, child participation, MHPSS, child safeguarding and integration of services.

Changing the Focus of Social Work Supervision: Effects on client satisfaction and generalised contentment

This study examines the efficacy of client-centred supervision for improving client satisfaction in a community mental health team. Using supervision to ask questions about client problems and staff interventions in the context of client outcomes appears to increase staff use of basic communication...

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