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Heartbeat of Humanity

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Heartbeat of Humanity is a podcast about mental health and psychosocial support. The podcast is mainly for staff and volunteers in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, especially staff and volunteers working in mental health and psychosocial support services. The podcast is produced by the Psychosocial Centre, an IFRC reference centre providing service to the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The Psychosocial Centre assists in facilitating mental health and psychosocial support, promotes psyc ...
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In this episode Communication Officer at the IFRC PS Centre, Villads Zahle interviews emergency expert and MHPSS technical advisor, Shona Whitton about the newly published Training Guide on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies. Shona outlines the potential of the new guide in the context of her professional experiences in emergenci…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Sarah Kate van der Walt, Technical Adviser in the IFRC Psychosocial Centre and Monia Aebersold MHPSS, International Focal Point from the Swiss Red Cross, will be talking with Rebecca Horn Independent MHPSS Specialist on the importance of MHPSS evidence building in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Th…
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In this episode Communication Officer at the IFRC PS Centre, Villads Zahle interviews Moaaz Allahham, a young Syrian man forced onto an irregular route to Europe, Maria Marga, an activist working for Collective Aid to assist people on the move at Serbia's border with the EU, and Sarah Harrison, an IFRC PS Centre expert on the pressures, stress and …
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Trine Rosa Larsen interviews Kenya Red Cross MHPSS practitioners Soony Wendy, Leyla Semkiwa, and Albert Migowa about the new KRCS MHPSS Framework, operating the toll-free 1199 helpline, mental health stigma in Kenya, suicide prevention, methadone clinics, the El-Nino floods, and carin…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews MHPSS Technical Advisors Arz Stephan and Anna Goloktionova about the concepts of 'survivor guilt' and 'moral injury' and how they impact people including Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers who often are among the first responders. In a time where p…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Head of MHPSS Technical Unit Sarah Harrison and Dr. Frédérique Vallières, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Trinity Centre of Global Health, introduce the Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies micro-credential. The course aims to equip learners with critical sk…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Trine Rosa Larsen interviews MHPSS Technical Advisor Shona Whitton about memorials, what they are, and what are some of the things that should be considered when wanting to achieve a permanent memorial - because - what do you do when for instance family members want their loved ones t…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Trine Rosa Larsen is warming up to October 10 (World Mental Health Day 2023) by interviewing three very different people who work with MHPSS and youth. Take a listen to Louise Graabæk (Danish Red Cross Youth), Paul Klahre (World Organisation of the Scout Movement), and Fouad Sayed Iss…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, MHPSS Technical Adviseer Arz Stephan interviews IFRC PS Centre Director Nana Wiedeman about the importance and challenges of caring for the carers. This podcast was funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the IFRC Psychosocial Centre and do not necessarily reflect the views…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, PS Centre Project Officer Veronika Dietz interviews Dr Sarah Miller, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and the Program Coordinator in charge of MHPSS at ICRC, and Louise Kryger, psychologist and the MHPSS lead in the International Department of the Danish Red Cross. Sarah and Louise explain how access to m…
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In 2022, Danish Red Cross and IFRC jointly commissioned an external evaluation of the work of the PS Centre for the years 2015 to 2022. The evaluation reviewed the functions and activities of the PS Centre, seeking to highlight achievements as well as challenges in fulfilling its mandate. In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, mental health and …
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In this podcast of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer, Trine, interviews Guleed Dualeh, IFRC PS Centre MHPSS Technical Advisor for the African Region and the Psychological First Aid focal point on Guleed's recent trip to Kenya, where he sat down with Red Cross MHPSS focal points for Kenya and South Sudan, Dorcas Khasowa (KE) and Marcos T…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Bethan McEvoy, MHPSS delegate for the Danish Red Cross in Ukraine, and Anna Didenko, Head of the MHPSS Unit in the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, about the MHPSS needs of Ukrainians and the Red Cross response one year into the Russia-Ukra…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Sarah Harrison, Head of the MHPSS Technical Unit in the Psychosocial Centre, about her mental health and psychosocial support assessment in Ukraine. This episode of Heartbeat of Humanity was funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Communications Officer Jesper Guhle explores how humanitarian actors can support the mental well-being of children in migration. Participating in the podcast: Orso Muneghina, head of the Global Programme Expert Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in SOS Children’s Villag…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Technical Advisor Ea Suzanne Akasha focus on the mental health and psychosocial needs in Afghanistan. Ea talks to MHPSS Technical Advisor Diana Rahimi about working in a marastoon, and Danish Red Cross MHPSS delegate Nives Vudric stationed in Kabul about the plans for scaling up the…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Sarah Davidson, Head of Psychosocial & Mental Health at British Red Cross, and Sarah Harrison, Technical Team Lead in the IFRC Psychosocial Centre. Sarah and Sarah are co-leading one of the five working groups within the Red Cross Red C…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Project Assistant Veronika Dietz interviews Eva Svoboda, Deputy Director of International Law and Policy of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Eva is co-leading one of the five working groups within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement implementing the Movement's MHPSS com…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Senior Communications Advisor Jesper Guhle interviews Technical Team Lead Sarah Harrison about how Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers can implement suicide prevention services in their programmes. In the podcast, a suicide prevention guide is mentioned. Find it here: https:…
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In this episode, Technical Advisor Sarah Harrison interviews MHPSS Advisor Pernille Hansen about community mental health care and the steps staff and volunteers in Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies can take to begin working with community mental health. Links WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Podcast: Scalable Psychological Int…
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8 March is International Women's Day, a day we commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Technical Advisor Ea Suzanne Akasha focuses on violence against women and their children. According to new studies released by WHO, More than one in four women worldwide experience in…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Jesper Guhle explores the potential mental health consequences for people forced to migrate and what the Red Cross Red Crescent Staff and volunteers can do to support these people. Jesper interviews Villads Zahle, Senior Communications Coordinator in the European Council on Refugees a…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Technical Advisor Ea Suzanne Akasha interviews Stephen Regel, Clinical Lead for the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth, about the effect of the pandemic on frontline workers and what we can do to support them. Several resources were mentioned in this podcast episode: Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Go…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Technical Advisor Eliza Cheung interviews Technical Advisor Melanie Powell about vaccine hesitancy - what is vaccine hesitancy and what should be the response. Melanie Powell is the author of the training module Psychological First Aid for vaccine hesitancy for COVID-19, part of the…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Technical Advisor Ea Suzanne Akasha interviews Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre about the link between climate change and mental health and psychosocial support. Publications In the podcast, several resources are mentioned: From Darkne…
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On World Suicide Day, Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews IFRC Psychosocial Centre Technical Advisor Kelly McBride about the causes of suicide and how suicide can be prevented. Kelly McBride is the author of Suicide Prevention and Suicide prevention during COVID-19. The podcast Heartbeat of Humanity is about mental health and psychosocia…
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Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Technical Advisor Ea Suzanne Akasha about the importance of sleep. During the interview, Ea mentions several resources about sleep: Sleep well, Humanitarian: https://pscentre.org/?resource=sleep-well Sleep helps you cope in difficult times: https://pscentre.org/?resource=sleep-helps-you-cope-with-stres…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Technical Advisor Sarah Harrison interviews Milena Osorio, MHPSS Programme Coordinator at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC). They talk about ICRC's MHPSS work, the populations they seek to assist, the delegates or staff providing services and how ICRC have been able to adapt their operations a…
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Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Technical Advisor Sarah Harrison about her journey to North Macedonia to conduct a training on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies for 5 National Societies from the Balkan region. The training was co-facilitated with IFRC’s MHPSS Delegate for the EURO Region, Antonia de Barros Mota.…
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In this episode, Sarah Harrison, Technical Advisor for the PS Centre, interviews the authors of the newly released “A Hopeful, Healthy, and Happy Living and Learning toolkit," designed to facilitate support for children, parents/caregivers and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the toolkit's co-authors, Ea Suzanne Akasha, Mark Ku…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, technical advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre Anouk Boschma interviews Alex Ssimbwa, the regional IFRC MHPSS delegate for the African region, who shares his passion for MHPSS and experience with working in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. This episode explores the lessons learned in relation to MHPS…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, technical advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre Sarah Harrison explores the term ‘Scalable Psychological Interventions’, also known as low-intensity psychological interventions. This episode does not include guests, but rather takes a deep dive into the topic of Scalable Psychological Interventions, expla…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, technical advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre Sarah Harrison interviews Dr. Eliza Cheung, also a technical advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre, based in Hong Kong about the concept of pandemic fatigue and the results of a survey recently conducted by the Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies acr…
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In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, technical advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre Sarah Harrison interviews Dr. Michelle Engels, also a technical advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre. This episode explores the process behind the cultural adaptation of the Group Problem Management Plus (Group PM+) intervention for Syrian refugees in Jor…
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Carmen Valle-Trabadelo, asesora técnica del Centro de ReferenciaPsicosocial de la Federación Internacional de la Cruz Roja, entrevista a Camila Perera, Asesora de investigación del centro de investigatión de UNICEF, INOCENTI; y Joyce Jalinne Caballero Bernal, oficial de Salud Mental y Apoyo Psicosocial de la Cruz Roja Colombiana, sobre la capacitac…
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Kelly McBride, Technical Advisor for the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, interviews dr. Adam Brown, Director of Trauma and Global Mental Health Lab, Department of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York, Orso Muneghina, SOS Children’s Villages International’s Global Hub on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support …
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Ea Suzanne Akasha, technical advisor at the IFRC PS Centre, interviews professor Dr. Barbara Juen, technical manager of the psychosocial services at the Austrian Red Cross and scientific advisor to ENPS , and psychologist Vanessa Kulcar, about young adult s’ mental health during COVID-19.By The IFRC Psychosocial Centre
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Ea Suzanne Akasha, technical advisor at the IFRC PS Centre, interviews professor dr. Barbara Juen, technical manager of the psychosocial services at the Austrian Red Cross and scientific advisor to ENPS and IFRC PS Centre, about the psychosocial effects during COVID-19.By The IFRC Psychosocial Centre
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Ea Suzanne Akasha, technical advisor at the IFRC PS Centre, interviews professor dr. Barbara Juen, technical manager of the psychosocial services at the Austrian Red Cross and scientific advisor to ENPS and IFRC PS Centre, about the psychosocial effects during COVID-19.By The IFRC Psychosocial Centre
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In this second episode of the Heartbeat of Humanity podcast produced by the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, technical advisor Sarah Harrison continues to explore how we can better care for staff and volunteers in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. In this episode Srah interviews Esmail Yesuf, Psychosocial support senior officer in…
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In this first episode of the Heartbeat of Humanity podcast produced by the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, technical advisor Sarah Harrison explores how we can better care for staff and volunteers in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Through interviews with Dick Clomén, Project Manager for Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Proj…
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