Globaldev careers: The mental health coordinator

Glaucia Pereda, mental health coordinator in Venezuela at HIAS. Photo by: HIAS

While COVID-19 has helped shift attitudes around mental health and highlighted the need for greater investment in this area, it has also created new challenges for teams working to support the well-being of vulnerable populations in humanitarian settings.

Glaucia Pereda, coordinator for HIAS’ mental health and psychosocial support — or MHPSS — program, heads up a team in Venezuela that provides training and designs interventions to prevent further harm to the mental health of the communities it works with.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.