Health and wellbeing

While there is substantial attention paid to the safety and security of humanitarian staff, its focus has tended towards physical safety, neglecting the psychological and mental health of aid workers. Such inattention runs contrary to the evidence, which unsurprisingly (given the nature of crisis response) shows that aid workers suffer from high-levels of anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression, and burnout. From an organizational standpoint this can be viewed as part of staff wellness, or duty of care, and in addition to its impact on the person it also undermines effectiveness of their work. In parallel to the responsibility of the employer, individuals must take personal responsibility for their managing their stress.
Humanitarian worker and a cat
Photo: EU/ECHO/Oleksandr Ratushniak

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