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Why Your Workplace Might Be Killing You

Why Your Workplace Might Be Killing You | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Stanford scholars identify 10 work stressors that are destroying your health.
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Israeli "Mental First Aid" Offered to Attack Victims Abroad

Israeli "Mental First Aid" Offered to Attack Victims Abroad | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Tel Aviv, Israel | AFP | An Israeli who developed an unorthodox model for treating mental trauma and preventing post-traumatic stress disorder during his years in the military is now sharing it with first responders in other countries. Moshe Farchi says Israel’s decades of conflict have afforded it “lots of experience” in dealing with trauma, leading …
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It sounds a lot like psychological first aid.
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How People Learn to Become Resilient

How People Learn to Become Resilient | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Maria Konnikova writes about resilience and the skills that researches say can be learned to acquire it.
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When There's No Therapist, How Can The Depressed Find Help?

When There's No Therapist, How Can The Depressed Find Help? | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

A different way of providing counseling is being tested in India. It turns out it was tested — but abandoned — in the U.S. decades ago.

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Exercise Results in Larger Brain Size and Lowered Dementia Risk

Exercise Results in Larger Brain Size and Lowered Dementia Risk | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
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As if we need more evidence that exercise is good for you?!
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Excessive Sitting Can Damage Your Blood Vessels

Excessive Sitting Can Damage Your Blood Vessels | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Excessive sitting can lead to constricted arteries in legs, which impedes blood flow, raises blood pressure, and contributes to heart disease development.
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Feel Sleepy During The Day? Your Fatty Diet Could Be To Blame

Feel Sleepy During The Day? Your Fatty Diet Could Be To Blame | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
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Is Humanitarian Work a Career for Escapists?

Is Humanitarian Work a Career for Escapists? | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
The grass is always greener elsewhere for western expats, says one development worker
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I Love the U.N., but It Is Failing

I joined to protect the helpless from rape and murder. I never dreamed our own forces would be the rapists and murderers.
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New Survey Examines Mental Health Risks for UNHCR Staff

New Survey Examines Mental Health Risks for UNHCR Staff | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

The full 130-page report is also available:  http://www.unhcr.org/56e2dfa09.html

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Dehydration Increases Pain Perception and Reduces Blood Flow in the Brain

Dehydration Increases Pain Perception and Reduces Blood Flow in the Brain | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
“These findings would allow medical professionals to recommend something really simple for people to manage their pain better by staying well hydrated. Also, it’s important to know common treatments like analgesics [pain-killers] or cognitive behaviour therapy, may be less effective in a dehydrated state.”
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Perhaps good science suggests that we offer clients a glass of water when they come for support.

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Psychiatrists Under Fire in Mental Health Battle

Psychiatrists Under Fire in Mental Health Battle | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
British Psychological Society to launch attack on rival profession, casting doubt on biomedical model of mental illness
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Do the New Alcohol Guidelines Help Us Understand the Risks of Drinking?

Do the New Alcohol Guidelines Help Us Understand the Risks of Drinking? | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
It’s about time the 20-year-old guidelines on alcohol consumption were updated, but the new evidence makes for sobering reading
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For context:  One alcohol unit is measured as 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. This equals one 25ml single measure of whisky (ABV 40%), or a third of a pint of beer (ABV 5-6%) or half a standard (175ml) glass of red wine (ABV 12%).

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What We Can Learn About Resilience from Female Leaders of the UN

What We Can Learn About Resilience from Female Leaders of the UN | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Their stories on working in disaster situations.
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The United Nations' Therapy Dog

The United Nations' Therapy Dog | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
For those negotiating the future of nukes and the climate, a little bit of puppy love never hurt.
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How Each Myers-Briggs® Type Reacts to Stress (and How to Help!)

How Each Myers-Briggs® Type Reacts to Stress (and How to Help!) | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Have you ever become so stressed out that you feel out of control? Do you feel like you’re acting in a way that is completely unlike you? Have you ever tried to help a loved one who is stressed out, and everything you’ve said or done has only made things worse? I know I have. …
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Good insights for people helpers.
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Stress Contagion Possible Among Teachers and Students

Stress Contagion Possible Among Teachers and Students | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
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What might be happening in deep field among colleagues?
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What the New York Times Gets Wrong About PTSD

What the New York Times Gets Wrong About PTSD | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Possibly a reflection of or contributor to popular belief, the NYT portrays a strong military component to PTSD. Yet "Occurrences are also much more likely in those who survive non-combat traumas, which include sexual assault (30-80 percent of survivors develop PTSD), nonsexual assault (23-39 percent develop it), disasters (30-40 percent) and car crashes (25-33 percent), among other causes. Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have just a 20 percent occurrence of PTSD."
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Classic Rookie Aid Worker Faux Pas...and How to Avoid Them

Classic Rookie Aid Worker Faux Pas...and How to Avoid Them | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Off on your first mission as an aid worker? Learn from the many, many mistakes of those who have gone before you
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Escapism or Altruism: What Really Motivates Aid Workers?

Escapism or Altruism: What Really Motivates Aid Workers? | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
In a profession that can be dangerous and exhausting, researcher Thomas Arcaro’s new survey sheds light on what drives humanitarians
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Education and Exercise Can Keep The Brain Young

Education and Exercise Can Keep The Brain Young | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

We knew it!  Simple daily choices can keep your brain younger.

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Sleep Loss Boosts Hunger and Unhealthy Food Choices

Sleep Loss Boosts Hunger and Unhealthy Food Choices | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

The biochemical effects of insufficient sleep are increasing.

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Meet the Robin Hood of Science

Meet the Robin Hood of Science | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
How one researcher created a pirate bay for science more powerful than even libraries at top universities.
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Aid Workers Suffer Mental Health Crisis

Aid Workers Suffer Mental Health Crisis | Counselling Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
An overwhelming proportion of aid workers suffer from mental health problems and little is being done to help them.
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As the author mentions, support can be offered; many don't accept it.  How can we change the culture so that it's not only accepted but sought?

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