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 psychosocial wellbeing for affected groups, staff and volunteers, and increases awareness of psychological reactions in times of crisis or social disruption.
Mental health of children and young adults
In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Ea Suzanne Akasha, Technical Advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre, interviews professor Dr. Barbara Juen, technical manager of the psychosocial services at the Austrian Red Cross , and psychologist Vanessa Kulcar, about the mental health of children and young adults.
Violence against women
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 intimate partner violence before the age of 50.
In the first segment of the podcast, Ea interviews Maria Stetter Rubin and Mia Falconer from the Danish Red Cross. Both work with women who have been subjected to domestic violence.
In the second segment, Ea Interviews Natasa Todorovic from Serbian Red Cross about violence against older women.
Mental Health in an Unequal World
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 and Exiles, Barly, dancer, artist, podcaster and chef, and Sarah Harrison, Technical Advisor in the IFRC Psychosocial Centre.
14 minutes into the podcast, Jesper plays music from a video made by ECRE.
Find the music video here
The podcast is also available as a video podcast. Find it here
Caring for the carers
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 GolemanHas the pandemic really caused a 'tsunami' of mental health problems? - Richard Bentall
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 training toolkit Psychological First Aid in the COVID-19 Outbreak response. The module is developed for people who have taken part in the basic training and have a foundational knowledge of Psychological First Aid and how it can be applied in the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Read more and find the training module here: https://pscentre.org/16053-2/
This Heartbeat of Humanity episode is also available as a video podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b2x4RpZYNY&t=667s
Mental Health and Climate Change
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.
In the podcast, several resources are mentioned:
From Darkness to Illumination: Climate Grief and Resilience in a Sea of Warnings
https://climatecentre.org/downloads/files/Grief%20for%20KIC%20-%20deliverable%20%282020-01-13%29.pdf“Understanding Risk” session on climate and mental health
https://understandrisk.org/from-darkness-to-illumination-climate-grief-and-resilience-in-a-sea-of-warnings/The podcast Heartbeat of Humanity is 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.
Listen to the podcast here or subscribe on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast or wherever you find your podcasts.