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Decolonising wellbeing support: Insights from our 2024 peer supporters training programme

Expanding the use of peer supporters in organisations and social movements is key to enhancing individual and collective wellbeing. In order to encourage much wider uptake, we launched our first open training programme for peer supporters in February 2024. As part of this, we offered fully-funded places to individuals from grassroots organisations and movements.

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Helping human rights defenders and activists cope with anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most-common mental health problems that we can face. It may be especially prevalent among human rights defenders and activists, as our work is often challenging, risky, and focused on critical issues of importance. Those of us in human rights and social justice movements may also be especially reluctant to seek support around our mental health. In this article, our wellbeing team sets out some advice on how you can support yourself and your co-workers experiencing anxiety.

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Psychological First Aid: Guidance for those supporting activists and advocates at risk

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-based approach for assisting people of any age or background in the immediate aftermath of a critical incident or crisis. In this resource, Open Briefing's wellbeing and resilience team offers vital guidance on how to provide PFA to activists and advocates you may be supporting. It also describes common responses to traumatic events and explains self-care measures affected people can follow. It is available online and to download in 10 languages.

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Resilience is resistance! New wellbeing webinars for advocates and activists

We must address the laudable but unsustainable culture of self sacrifice within environmental and social movements. We can start to view acts of personal resilience as acts of resistance! To encourage this shift, Open Briefing launched on World Mental Health Day a series of free wellbeing webinars for those agitating and advocating for rights and justice.

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Free workshops and infosheet for those supporting Afghan partners: Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout

As the nature and tempo of the crisis in Afghanistan shifts now that evacuation flights from Kabul have ended, it is crucial that those who have been providing remote support to Afghan partners take some time for self care. To help colleagues cope, we are running free workshops and have published an infosheet on compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout.

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Seeking French-speaking counsellors and psychologists

Due to the increased demand for our support from rights-based civil society organisations, collectives, and defenders, Open Briefing needs to expand its consultant team of psychologists and counsellors. You will be providing remote counselling and psychosocial support and training to humanitarians and human rights defenders and other civic actors at-risk. You must have excellent written and spoken English and French. Please contact us for more information.

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