Open Briefing has recently been accepted as a member of the Mental Health Innovation Network. Founded by Global Affairs Canada and jointly led by the WHO and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, aims to facilitate the development and uptake of effective mental health interventions.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) as an opportunity to raise awareness of the human rights of LGBTI people and celebrate our diversity. This year's IDAHOT on 17 May is focussed on justice and protection for all. Open Briefing is striving to be an active LGBTI ally, and is pursuing a number of projects and internal initiatives designed to make us even more effective.
Open Briefing wishes to recruit an interim fundraising manager for an immediate start. Reporting to the executive director, the consultant will be responsible for developing, managing and implementing a new fundraising programme. This will include developing income for core, programmes and projects from trusts and foundations and statutory funding as well as other sources, such as high-net-worth individuals, corporate sponsorship and crowdfunding.
We spend a third of our adult lives in the workplace, and we should not have to leave our mental health at the door each morning. Mental Health First Aid England and its partners are calling on employers to lay down their commitment to workplace wellbeing by signing the Workplace Manifesto. Today - at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week - Open Briefing has done just that.
Open Briefing provides counselling and Psychological First Aid (PFA) for individuals and retained service agreements and PFA training for organisations. As part of our commitment to promoting wellbeing and resilience, we have recently expanded our specialist counselling team. We now have two highly-experienced counsellors providing counselling to human rights defenders and humanitarians working in violent, repressive or high-stress environments or in the aftermath of critical incidents.
We now know that at least 321 human rights defenders, 103 aid workers and 64 journalists and media workers were killed around the world last year. In response, Open Briefing significantly increased its support to at-risk organisations and threatened activists during 2018. We estimate that we directly strengthened the safety and resilience of 350 human rights defenders and humanitarians in more than 20 countries. You can read more about how we are helping to create a more resilient civil society in our 2018 impact report.
One of the fundamental tenets of the way we work at Open Briefing is that we practice what we preach. With that in mind, Open Briefing has now signed up to Mindful Employer Plus, which provides telephone helplines for staff and managers and will offer a listening ear, immediate guidance and signposting to further advice. This is just one of the ways that we try to support team members who may experience stress or trauma through their work or personal lives. If we can help your organisation do the same, please contact us to discuss our wellbeing and resilience services for NGOs.
WordPress is a popular choice for charities and civil society organisations around the world. However, websites powered by WordPress are far from immune to attack. Most websites are hacked simply because they can be. However, human rights defenders, independent media and advocacy groups also face the threat of targeted attacks by government, corporate or criminal interests. What can be done to better protect these websites?