How to maintain mental health in conflict zones

How can development organizations ensure that staff in conflict settings receive the proper support to maintain their mental health?

Aid workers and development professionals — like war veterans, refugees and victims of violence — are susceptible to trauma in conflict settings and need proper mental health care and support.  

So what can development organizations do to ensure that proper services are provided to staff in the field and what can development professionals do to ensure their own mental health and well-being while on the job? Officials from Chemonics and the International Organization for Migration weigh in.

Conflict in Context is a monthlong global conversation on conflict, transition and recovery hosted by Devex in partnership with Chemonics, Cordaid, Mercy Corps , OSCE and USAID. We’ll decode the challenges and highlight the opportunities countries face while in crisis and what the development community is doing to respond. Visit the campaign site and join the conversation using #ConflictinContext.

About the author

  • Jeff Tyson

    Jeff is a former global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid, and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the U.S., and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.