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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 psychosocial wellbeing for affected groups, staff and volunteers, and increases awareness of psychological reactions in times of crisis or social disruption.
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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 of the IFRC Psychosocial Centre and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.
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 Village InternationalChristel Voldby Winther, Program Manager of Mental Health in the Migration -and Refugee section in the National department of Danish Red CrossEa Suzanne Akasha, MHPSS Technical Adviser in the IFRC Psychosocial CentreTeresa Sorde Marti, professor of Sociology at the Autonomous University and principal investigator of the REFUGE-ED projectLinks:EPSUM: https://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/mental-health-psychosocial-support-children-in-migrationResources on Child Friendly Spaces on the PS Centre websiteREFUGE-ED: https://www.refuge-ed.eu/
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  mental health and psychosocial support programs in Afghanistan.
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 Crescent Movement implementing the Movement's MHPSS commitments.  Working Group  one dedicated to Basic Psychosocial Support across Sectors.Working group one have put together resources and produced spreadsheets as part of their work. Some of the products created are: Assessment Monitoring Tools and Preparedness Plans, Resources Challenging Mental Health Stigma and Mapping of Basic PSS Training Courses.In the podcast, the MHPSS Framework is mentioned several times. Find more information about the MHPSS Famework here: https://pscentre.org/what-we-do/movement-resource-room-mhpss-policy-and-resolution/the-mhpss-framework/You can also  find more information about the work of implementing the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Roadmap, Resolution and Policy on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support on the PS Centre website: https://pscentre.org/what-we-do/movement-resource-room-mhpss-policy-and-resolution/
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 commitments,  Working Group  five, dedicated to advocating for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support and in the podcast episode Eva explains why advocating for MHPSS is so important.You can find more information about the work of implementing the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Roadmap, Resolution and Policy on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support  on the PS Centre website: https://pscentre.org/what-we-do/movement-resource-room-mhpss-policy-and-resolution/
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://pscentre.org/?resource=suicide-prevention
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.LinksWHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)Podcast: Scalable Psychological Interventions
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

Violence against women

2022-03-0852:58

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.
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 hereThe podcast is also available as a video podcast. Find it here
Caring for the carers

Caring for the carers

2021-12-0136:57

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
Vaccine hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy

2021-10-0524:191

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
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.PublicationsIn the podcast, several resources are mentioned:From Darkness to Illumination: Climate Grief and Resilience in a Sea of Warningshttps://climatecentre.org/downloads/files/Grief%20for%20KIC%20-%20deliverable%20%282020-01-13%29.pdf“Understanding Risk” session on climate and mental healthhttps://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.
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 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.
Sleep well!

Sleep well!

2021-08-1917:17

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-wellSleep helps you cope in difficult times: https://pscentre.org/?resource=sleep-helps-you-cope-with-stressful-timesSleep Diary: https://pscentre.org/?resource=sleep-diary
The  MHPSS work of ICRC

The MHPSS work of ICRC

2021-08-0423:27

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 and services during the COVID-19 pandemic 
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.
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 Kucklow and Jonathan Morgan explain the relevance, importance, and need for the toolkit as well as how it can be used by teachers, caregivers and children. Access the series of tools: A Hopeful, Healthy, and Happy Living and Learning Toolkit.
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 MHPSS from the Ebola outbreak that can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anouk and Alex also talk about how to provide psychosocial support despite physical distancing, and how National Societies can mobilize communities and increase MHPSS services. 
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, explaining what they are, where they come from, who they are used for, and how they can be used. 
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Jesper Guhle

Excellent podcast about mental health and psychosocial support!

Oct 20th
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