“That Never Happens Here”Red Cross 2022
Sexual and gender-based violence against men, boys and/including lgbtiq+ persons in humanitarian settings.
The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s approach to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against men, boys and/including LGBTIQ+ persons in humanitarian settings. The Movement’s approach to SGBV is survivor-centred, holistic, and multi-sectoral, to meet the various and changing needs of victims/survivors across a range of humanitarian settings.
“Many humanitarian agencies not only overlook needs of females, but also completely overlook men, boys and sexual minority groups as sexual and gender-based violence survivors in their needs assessment, discussions with communities, during data collection and follow-up community-based and humanitarian response programming.”7
Istanbul ProtocolUNHCR 2022 2022
UNHCR -2001, 2004, 2022 United Nations
Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
In 2001, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published the first edition of the Istanbul Protocol, which was subsequently updated in 2004. It has since been used in medico-legal and other contexts worldwide as a valuable practical tool to effectively guide the investigation and documentation of torture and ill-treatment, protection of victims and advocacy work of civil society on behalf of victims.
This new 2022 edition is based on relevant provisions of international law, it provides even more concrete, clearly defined and well-understood guidelines to assist Member States, national human rights institutions, national preventive mechanisms, civil society, legal and health professionals and other relevant experts in implementing the Istanbul Protocol standards.
Mental Health and Human Rights Info (MHHRI) Бюлетень жовтень 2022 р
Mental Health and Human Rights Info (MHHRI) Бюлетень жовтень 2022 р
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- Супервізії та консультації
- Лекції для студентів, спеціалістів та волонтерів
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MHHRI psychological first aid and Ukrainian resourcesMental Health and Human Rights Info 2022
We have here gathered some of the resources that we have used in our work together with AHALAR, in Ukraine over the last two years.
Here you can find the toolbox which is a collection of the tools that contains grounding exercises, metaphors, window of tolerance among other tools to provide psychological assistance in crises and emergencies. You can get it in the following languages: Ukrainian, English, Norwegian and Romanian.
In addition we have compiled in the following newsletter information about psychological first aid developed for helpers, volunteers and professionals engaged in emergency work to support to persons exposed to war trauma, separation, loss, including sexual violence.
The PS Centre has produced a video in Ukrainian introducing the principles of Psychological First Aid. This video explains what PFA is and how its principles can be applied to help someone in distress.
One of the main human rights violations in the context of war is sexual violence. With our manual “Mental health and gender-based violence Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict – a training manual” you can provide psychological assistance to the survivors. The manual is also available in Ukrainian.
In addition, we have a three-day online webinar based on the “Mental health and gender-based violence Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict – a training manual” The core topics are: Gender Based Violence (GBV) Likewise, the Power Point presentation for the three days training is available in English download it download it here.
Talking to survivors of trauma also affects the helper. For all helpers empathy is an essential aspect of good help. This is also a source for compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatisation or secondary traumatic stress (STS). In the following Power Point you can find practical information in English.
Psychological first aid (PFA) for helpers working with people within Ukraine and impacted countries
Here you can use practical help through this Power Point document is part of the webinar Wellbeing, risk and human rights – life as a human rights defender – in English
The organisation PRO.Школу has produced a number of videos – Free psychological support for teachers.
It is also possible to apply be able to join the facebook group Psy Crisis Team Ukraine with the aim to share access to proven methods of professional self-support, supervision, and sometimes even basic security . They coordinate and provide all possible support to psychologists who, due to circumstances, provide emergency psychological assistance related to the war in Ukraine.https://bit.ly/3uY9VdX
Report HHRI GBV ManualMental Health and Human Rights Info 2017
The Mental health and gender-based violence – Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict – a training manual – suggests approaches and techniques that address the psychological needs of GBV survivors, which helpers could use while assisting them. It focuses especially on the understanding of how trauma affects the lives of survivors. However, the manual is not a treatment manual, but a training manual for helpers working in crisis situations with little or no access to specialized healthcare within psychological and/or psychiatric field. This report review the work that has been done in developing, sharing content and conducting trainings in the years from 2012-2017.https://www.hhri.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ReportGBVManual.pdf
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Humanitarian Response in Ukraine and Neighbouring CountriesIASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings 2022
In this document you can find several resources about mental health and psychosocial support in English, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian and Ukrainian.
Mental Health and Psychosocial support, Humanitarian Response in Ukraine and Neighbouring Countries, is made available by the IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC RG MHPSS).https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-humanitarian-response-ukraine-and-neighbouring-countries?fbclid=IwAR2x8i-PdVisjQg1SkOfBNVtCqZ7fiaW62pWvCJE2rIVUbxxJcZWEu7Hi0A
Realizing Refugees’ Right to Family Unity:The challenges to family reunification in Norway, Sweden and DenmarkNOAS 2019
Policies regarding family reunification have become increasingly strict over the last years, especially after the influx of asylum applications that all Scandinavian countries received in the summer and autumn of 2015. Shortly after, the number of asylum applications rapidly decreased, while the number of family reunification applications have continued to increase in recent years. The report, commissioned by UNHCR, is a comparative legal study of the legal framework, policies and practice pertaining to the family reunification procedure in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.https://www.noas.no/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Realizing_Refugees_Right_to_Family_Unity.pdf
Stop the war on children – A crisis of recruitmentSave the Children 2021
This latest report in our Stop the War on Children series looks in detail at one of the grave violations: children at risk of recruitment and use by armed forces or armed groups. There has been a rise in the number of verified incidents of children recruited and used by armed forces and groups, and the number of groups recruiting children has also increased. In three countries – Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen – the vast majority of children in conflict zones are deemed at risk of recruitment. This report and its key findings illustrate the war on children.https://www.savethechildren.org.au/getmedia/c598b66d-d39b-420d-9316-3ba5aee4992d/stop-the-war-on-children.pdf.aspx
The well-being guide: reduce stress, recharge and build inner resilience.IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support 2022
The exercises in this guide are for all humanitarian staff, volunteers and for recipients of mental health and psychosocial support services. If practised and used regularly, this catalogue of tried and practised tools can regulate stress, calm when distressed, promote sleep, and strengthen inner resilience.
The well-being guide: reduce stress, recharge and build inner resilience is for individual self-care, and for peers and teams who work together. Each section can be tested or incorporated within regular meetings with a focus on caring for the carers. Humanitarians and people working in helping professions need to take care of themselves in order not to burn out and to be effective in their work. Remember it is self-empowering to focus on what you can control. You can take control of caring for yourself.
Seksuell vold mot gutter og menn i krig, konflikt og migrasjon. En håndbok for hjelpere om psykisk helseMHHRI, Nora Sveaass et al. 2022
MHHRI har i samarbeid med fagpersoner innenfor psykisk helsevern utviklet denne håndboken beregnet for hjelpere om kultursensitiv psykososial hjelp til gutter og menn som oppholder seg i Norge som asylsøkere, flyktninger og andre sårbare grupper, og som har overlevd seksuell vold i forbindelse med krig og flukt. Mange av disse faller utenfor det etablerte helsevesenet der det er naturlig å få hjelp for denne problematikken. Det finnes i dag ingen spesialisert form for hjelp eller tiltak beregnet på denne gruppen, og det er også mangel på kunnskap om hjelpebehovet, noe som innebærer begrenset tilgang på tiltak også innenfor det ordinære hjelpeapparatet. Dette er situasjonen i Norge i dag til tross for at omfanget av slike overgrepserfaringer er stort og konsekvensene for den psykiske helsen er alvorlige.https://www.hhri.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/MHHRI_men_NOR_v5.pdf
LAST NED HÅNDBOKENMental Health and Human Rights Info, Nora Sveaass, et al. 2022
LAST NED HÅNDBOKEN
I samarbeid med fagpersoner innenfor psykisk helsevern utviklet denne håndboken beregnet for hjelpere om kultursensitiv psykososial hjelp til gutter og menn som oppholder seg i Norge som asylsøkere, flyktninger og andre sårbare grupper, og som har overlevd seksuell vold i forbindelse med krig og flukt. Mange av disse faller utenfor det etablerte helsevesenet der det er naturlig å få hjelp for denne problematikken. Det finnes i dag ingen spesialisert form for hjelp eller tiltak beregnet på denne gruppen, og det er også mangel på kunnskap om hjelpebehovet, noe som innebærer begrenset tilgang på tiltak også innenfor det ordinære hjelpeapparatet. Dette er situasjonen i Norge i dag til tross for at omfanget av slike overgrepserfaringer er stort og konsekvensene for den psykiske helsen er alvorlige.
Resilience and Mental Health Risks among Syrian Refugees in Europe: A Cultural PerspectiveNazlı Balkır Neftçi, PhD 2017
Addressing the mental health issues and cultural features of
resilience and recovery among Syrian refugee population is
a key challenge and a great necessity for mental health care
service providers in demographically changing context. Given
that the mental distress is framed in terms of disruption in
social relationships or in the spiritual realm in most of the
Middle Eastern refugees, these individuals usually prefer to seek
support of friends or family or implement religious practices
such as praying, in order to promote their adaptation in the face
of adversity. Culture influences not only one’s understanding
of mental distress and strategies to adapt such distressing
experiences, but also shapes attitudes towards and compliance
to treatment. […] While working with refugee
patients, it has been shown to be crucial to remain open to
multiple explanatory models including biomedical, psychological,
religious and traditional ones to enhance communication with
the refugee patients. This may refer to the fact that while
clinicians provide psychological treatment, the patients may
maintain their beliefs regarding what they believe/practice is also
effective for their treatment.
Working With Adolescent Girl GBV Survivors On The Move: Facilitator’s Training ManualUNICEF LACRO in partnership with VOICE and in the framework of R4V 2020
Understanding the diverse experiences of adolescent girls, the risks of GBV they face,
and barriers to getting assistance while on the move. By ensuring effective communication with
adolescent girls on the move. Working with adolescent girls to reduce the
GBV risks they face while on the move. Adapting quality care and support for GBV
survivors to adolescent girls in all their diversity and respond to the risks and barriers
to assistance they face while on the move. Understanding and using existing resources
(tools, guidance and training materials) to support these aims.
Mental Health Functioning in the Human Rights Field: Findings from an International Internet-Based SurveyAmy Joscelyne, Sarah Knuckey, Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Richard A. Bryant, Meng Li, Meng Qian, Adam D. Brown 2015
Human rights advocates play a critical role in promoting respect for human rights worldwide, and engage in a broad range of strategies, including documentation of rights violations, monitoring, press work and report-writing, advocacy, and litigation. However, little is known about the impact of human rights work on the mental health of human rights advocates.https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0145188&type=printable
Resilience as Resistance: Mental health and well-being in human rightsOpen Global Rights
What risks advocates face and how they might be mitigated? The mental health and well-being of advocates has often been neglected by human rights organizations, funders, and advocates themselves. Recently, however, activists and mental health professionals have begun giving the issue more attention, exploring what risks advocates face and how they might be mitigated. Human rights organizations increasingly want to bolster the resilience and creativity of their staff and constituents. Defenders increasingly see their own well-being as an imperative for sustainable movements.
Wellbeing, Risk, and Human Rights PracticeUniversity of York 2017
Human rights defenders at risk often find it difficult to talk about their mental and emotional wellbeing, even when they are concerned about it. Cultures of human rights practice tend to emphasise self-sacrifice, heroism, and martyrdom. These norms inhibit defenders from expressing their anxieties and seeking help. How can we engage in discussions about wellbeing in human rights practice? How can we strengthen personal and collective strategies for wellbeing amongst defenders at risk?https://www.york.ac.uk/media/cahr/documents/Wellbeing,%20Risk,%20and%20Human%20Rights%20Practice,%20Human%20Rights%20Defender%20Policy%20Brief%201.pdf
Vicarious resilience: a new concept in work with those who survive traumaPilar Hernández, David Gangsei, David Engstrom 2007
This study explores the formulation of a new concept: vicarious resilience. It addresses the question of how psychotherapists who work with survivors of political violence or kidnapping are affected by their clients’stories of resilience. It focuses on the psychotherapists’ interpretations of their clients’ stories, and how they make sense of the impact that these stories have had on their lives. In semistructured interviews, 12 psychotherapists who work with victims of political violence and kidnapping were interviewed about their perceptions of their clients’ overcoming of adversity. A phenomenological analysis of the transcripts was used to describe the themes that speak about the effects of witnessing how clients cope constructively with adversity. These themes are discussed to advance the concept of vicarious resilience and how it can contribute to sustaining and empowering trauma therapists.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6243374_Vicarious_Resilience_A_New_Concept_in_Work_With_Those_Who_Survive_Trauma
Menneskerettighetsdagen: 10. desember 2021. Gutter og menn utsatt for seksuell vold i krig, konflikt og migrasjonMental Health and Human Rights Info 2021
“Når gutter og menn ikke kommer med i statistikken over overlevere etter seksuell vold på flukt og i krigs-og konfliktsituasjoner, begås et alvorlig brudd på menneskerettighetene.” Litt over en måned etter Norge tiltrådte som medlem i FNs sikkerhetsråd i januar i år, fremhevet den norske FN ambassadøren Mona Juul at gutter og menn og personer med annen seksuell orientering eller kjønnsidentitet er spesielt sårbare for seksuell vold i krig og konflikt. Dette budskapet kommer ikke uten grunn, og bunner i mange års neglisjering av en form for vold begått mot gutter og menn som man i dag i mye større grad enn tidligere har skjønt omfanget av.https://mailchi.mp/hhri.org/mhhri-blog-no1-the-invisible-problem-8640509
Protection, Self-Care And The Safety Of Human Rights DefendersSimone Cruz and Jelena Dordevic 2020
Threats against feminists, LGBTQI+ people and black women in their diversity are becoming increasingly evident. This violence exposes civil society´s lack of preparedness to handle the considerable risks to human rights work, in the current political scenario. Therefore, it has become very important to act quickly, to guarantee the day to day safety of women defenders, but also to support sustainability and protection in the long term. The analysis presented in this article was produced based on the testimonials of nine women who are feminists and human rights defenders. This article is an appeal for the need to deepen reflection on developing protection mechanisms to respond to the way in which gender and race inequality operate in preventing women from claiming their human rights, from living free of violence and participating fully in democratic processes.https://sur.conectas.org/en/protection-self-care-and-the-safety-of-human-rights-defenders/
Climate Change Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health? How to Cope With ‘Eco-Anxiety’Healthline, Timothy J. Legg 2020
We’ve long passed the point of writing off signs of climate change as simply another phase in the normal cycle of global warming and cooling. Human actions have altered Earth’s climate, and the impact of this is becoming increasingly visible. Most people realize climate change can affect physical health through pollution, the spread of disease, and food scarcity. Mental health professionals also point to one serious mental health consequence: eco-anxiety. Eco-anxiety refers to persistent worries about the future of Earth and the life it shelters.https://www.healthline.com/health/eco-anxiety
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