Mental Health and Human Rights Info (MHHRI) Newsletter March 2021
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NEWSLETTER NO. 1 March 2021
Are you a survivor?
A new page on the MHHRI website
Overview of content:
For survivors: A new page on the MHHRI website
Meet a new friend: Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights
Download the MHHRI GBV manual
Dear friends and colleagues
Our colleague Anne Margrethe Sønneland was interviewing survivors of human rights violations and observing court cases in Peru and Argentina for her PhD dissertation. In this process, Sønneland realized that many survivors had a lack of knowledge and information about their trauma reactions. Some suffered from a range of symptoms even decades after the traumatic event(s) took place and received no or very little professional help and support. Based on this experience, Anne Margrethe understood that the lack of information had serious consequences for these individuals, their families, and their communities. Also, from a human rights perspective, the lack of information and support is something that should be taken very seriously and needs to be changed. Therefore, Anne Margrethe contacted MHHRI and encouraged us to create a page with information for survivors.
We are very pleased to share this new page that is written for survivors of serious human rights violations. On the new For Survivors page, we start with two letters, one written to survivors and one written to people who are close to survivors. In these letters, we discuss the things that we consider to be the most important things that survivors and the people that are close to them should know. We also provide more information about human rights and the specific rights of survivors, human rights violations, concepts and words that are being used, rehabilitation and healing, self-care through grounding exercises, examples from different countries, the Butterfly Woman story as well as a collection of organizations and web pages that may be useful for further support.
We hope that the information on the new Are you a Survivor page will provide some help to the many survivors who might lack some form of support. The page can also be a supplement to support from local support groups, specialized care, or others.
We hope that the page will be widely known and used. Therefore, we kindly ask you to share this newsletter and the information about the page with any person or organisation for whom you believe it may be of interest.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with tips, ideas, reactions, and questions about the new Survivors page. We would truly appreciate all the feedback we can get from you.
If you want further information on how to support survivors of human rights violations, we have made a thematic page for helpers, teachers, families, and friends that need more information and relevant links.
The GNPHR provides an independent global platform for psychologists concerned about human rights, by
- providing a global platform to promoting knowledge and discussion about the intersection of human rights and psychology among psychologists and psychology students; in their research, practice, application, and consultation;
- providing a bridge between the global community of psychologists and international human rights initiatives, practices and knowledge;
- supporting psychologists confronted with human rights violations;
- advocating for the improvement of human rights application, and for the support of victims of violations;
- highlighting human rights activities, scholarship, and achievements of psychologists from all parts of the world.
Download the manual Mental health and gender-based violence: Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict for free. The manual is also available in Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Nepalese, Ukrainian and Portuguese. This training material has been written for those who provide assistance and support to women who survive gender-based violence and sexual trauma during disasters, wars and conflicts. Furthermore, we hope it may be helpful as well to those who work with gender-based violence survivors in other settings. Please share the manual and spread it among your colleagues, organizations or in your community.
IRCT symposium in Georgia – postponed
2021 IRCT Scientific Symposium & General Assembly
Overcoming the Extreme: Life after Torture
2021 in Tbilisi, Georgia (more information will follow)
17th biennial conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Trauma and resilience through the ages: A life course perspective.
01- 04 June 2022
4th European Conference on Domestic Violence
September 13th – 15th 2021 | online from Slovenia
22nd Nordic Conference For Professionals
Working With Traumatised Refugees
Rescheduled 9-10.12.2021 | Helsinki, Finland
The 11th International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR) Conference
All being well, the International Society for Health and Human Rights looks forward to welcoming you to the 11th ISHHR conference and program of capacity building in Medellin, Colombia February 2021 (tentative dates).
The ISHHR Conference and Capacity-Building Workshops will focus on themes relevant in a Colombian context, for both local and international participants, in cooperation with Región and Reconectando.
- Strengthening Women’s Rights to Mental Health and Freedom from Violence – by changing behaviour, practices and attitudes and facilitating safe and adequate care.
- Supporting Human Rights Defenders who risk their lives in difficult and dangerous situations, side by side with families of victims of enforced disappearance and internally displaced (IDPs).
- Treatment methods after traumatic human rights abuse. Remembering the body, promoting resilience; arts and culture, traditional and indigenous approaches.
- Post-conflict reconciliation, reconstruction and re-socialisation Community mental health, justice human ecology, ethnic approaches to social action, empowerment and reconciliation.
We appreciate feedback and comments The Mental Health and Human Rights Info Newsletter is a newsletter with the aim to provide insight on a certain subject across the scope of our work; human rights violations in war and conflict areas and mental health. Our intention is to deliver a newsletter as a short “lecture” where you can find relevant information regarding a specific subject with a mental health perspective.We would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions on other issues you would like to see in this newsletter or if you are planning an event on related issues, please let us know so we can include your event in our newsletter.If you know anyone who would be interested in receiving this e-newsletter, please forward it, and encourage them to sign up.
Take care – and wishing you all the best.