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.
Supporting children during conflicts or disasters
In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, IFRC Psychosocial Centre Technical Advisor Ea Suzanne Akasha talks to Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani, psychosocial focal point at MSF Denmark, about how we can support children during conflicts or disasters.
Introducing the Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies micro-credential
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 skills for the development, management, and monitoring of mental health and psychosocial support programming in humanitarian emergencies.
The Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies micro-credential: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/microcredentials/mhpss-in-humanitarian-emergencies/
Memorials and Healing
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 to be remembered when perhaps survivors or the local community at the place where the crisis happened want nothing more than to forget and move one? Have a listen and find out.
Mental Health and Youth
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 Issa (Head of Violet - a youth volunteer-run organisation in Syria) when they talk about why it is important to involve young people in MHPSS, how to do it, and what some of the mental health challenges faced by youth are today.
Do you want to know more? See the resources below:
- Danish Red Cross Youth tool - PFA for young peers (2023)
- Scouts in humanitarian response for Ukraine, Six month Situation Report April - August 2022 https://reliefweb.int/report/ukraine/uact-scouts-humanitarian-response-ukraine-six-month-situation-report-april-august-2022
- Global Youth Mobilization. Final Impact Report - Executive Summary. 2023. https://globalyouthmobilization.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/GYM-Executive-Summary-2023.pdf
- WHO Youth Council: https://www.who.int/initiatives/who-youth-engagement/who-youth-council
Mental Health and Human Rights
In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Co-Chair for the IASC Reference Group for MHPSS in Emergencies Carmen Valle-Trabadelo about the linkage between Mental Health and Human Rights.
Caring for Staff and Volunteers
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
of the European Union.