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Panel Discussion: The psychological fallout of emergencies
Almost everywhere they work, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) witness the psychological toll of humanitarian crises on a daily basis.
Violence, armed conflict, disease outbreaks, natural disasters and sexual violence can be profoundly traumatic for the people who live through them and can lead to severe mental health issues, both at the time and later on.
In 2016 alone, MSF teams conducted more than 229,000 individual consultations and 53,000 group sessions that focused specifically on the psychological wellbeing of our patients.
Our staff themselves are not immune to the distressing nature of emergencies, and MSF has developed programmes to help aid workers address the anguish they see and experience as they deliver urgently needed humanitarian assistance.
This World Mental Health Day, you are invited to join us as a panel of MSF staff discuss the ‘invisible wounds’ inflicted during crises, and the methods used to address them, both in our project locations and back home.
Mohamed Camara, Health Promoter and Counsellor
Dr Kaz de Jong, Clinical and Health Psychologist
Eleanor Hitchman, Psychologist and MSF Mental Health Adviser (chair)
Dr Thomas Hoare, Clinical Psychologist
Claire Reading, Nurse and Midwife
Time: 6.45pm - 9.00pm
Address: Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, Barts the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, 4 Newark Street, London, E1 2AT
Nearest tube: Whitechapel (District line). 5-8 mins walk. Follow signs for the Royal London Hospital on exiting the tube.