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Wellbeing and resilience

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Our wellbeing and resilience programme focusses on creating resilient individuals and teams.

Civil society is under serious attack in 111 countries. Civic actors, such as journalists, human rights defenders and protest leaders, are most likely to bear the brunt of the assault on fundamental freedoms, and women, in particular, are disproportionately affected. Trauma, chronic stress and burnout are very real risks in such circumstances. This transcends defender’s work, rippling out to create fear and anxiety in their daily lives, for their families and within their communities.

While mental health issues are concerns in themselves, poor wellbeing harms the sustainability and efficacy of human rights movements, since civic actors who are burned out or experiencing depression and anxiety are likely to be less effective in their individual and collective work.

Our psychosocial support includes the provision of counselling, psychotherapy and Psychological First Aid to human rights defenders and other civic actors impacted because of their work. We also provide wellbeing risk assessments and action plans, Psychological First Aid training, family liaison officer supervision and training, and safeguarding audits and policy frameworks. Finally, we engage in philanthropic advocacy to increase grantmakers’ awareness of the central importance of wellbeing to effective and sustainable human rights movements.

Uniquely, because of our work we are able to provide this psychosocial support with a deep understanding of the physical and digital security threats that human rights defenders and other civic actors face because of this work. No other non-profit provides this comprehensive, holistic approach.

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Open Briefing is a member of the Mental Health Innovation Network and a signatory of the Charter For Employers Who Are Positive About Mental Health and the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ Workplace Manifesto. All our counsellors are accredited by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and other relevant governing bodies.

Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the CIVICUS global civil society alliance and the Vuka! coalition