Research Network

The Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network was established in June 2016 with the vision to provide effective humanitarian action through a strengthened evidence-base in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement for MHPSS for beneficiaries, volunteers and staff.

The research network is a space for collaboration and shared learning that brings together MHPSS researchers and practitioners affiliated with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Hosted by the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, the Research Network sends out bi-monthly newsletters with new articles, events, research funding opportunities etc., and host webinars 2-3 times a year. Bi-Annual Meetings are organized for people to meet, present their research, network and build new partnerships.

The Research Network is seeking to connect with National Societies who are interested in and willing to engage in research partnerships on mental health and psychosocial support as well as individuals with experience in MHPSS research in humanitarian settings. If you are interested in the network or want to know more about its work, please get in touch with us by writing to

Webinar: Five Essential Principles of Psychosocial Interventions

In 2007, Stevan E. Hobfoll published a key article on post-disaster psychosocial support with a team of international experts Five essential elements of immediate and mid-term mass trauma interventions: Empirical evidence. Accordingly, psychosocial support after disasters or other traumatic events should promote five essential principles:

Sense of safety, Calming, Self- and community efficacy, Social connectedness, Hope

In the 10 years following their publication, the five essential principles have been extremely influential among practitioners, researchers and policy makers around the world. But how have the five principles been used, or misused? Are they useful and appropriate in measuring outcomes of psychosocial interventions? And what is next for MHPSS research?

In conversation with Dr. Leslie Snider, Dr. Stevan E. Hobfoll examines these questions during a one-hour webinar hosted by the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support.

2017 Annual meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support brought together 32 people from 16 countries to share their research experience on two themes: mental health of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and caring for staff and volunteers. The annual meeting was a combination of key note speakers, abstract presenters and workshops.

The book of abstracts from the Annual Meeting can be downloaded here
The next bi-annual meeting will take place in 2019.

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Upcoming events

18 to 30 May, 2020, Copenhagen: This training is intended to help people understand how to address mental health in their communities. This includes promoting mental health, including prevention, and providing support for people with mental health conditions.

La formation des formateurs en premiers secours psychologiques (PSP) est destinée aux salariés et volontaires qui travaillent dans le domaine psychosocial au sein de leurs structures et qui également forment à leur tour ou apportent du soutien à leurs pairs, à des volontaires ou à des bénéficiaires de projets. La formation sera axée sur comment [...]

Psychological First Aid – Training of Trainers

June 9 @ 9:00 am - June 12 @ 5:00 pm

Psychological First Aid – Training of Trainers Applications for trainings are currently open, but please note, that the PS Centre is complying fully with guidelines from all relevant authorities related to the corona pandemic, therefore the training may be rescheduled or cancelled if relevant. We will inform all applicants directly if changes occur. Psychological first [...]

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Psychosocial Support in Emergencies (PSSiE)

September 14 @ 8:00 am - September 18 @ 5:00 pm

A four-day specialized course in planning, development and practical implementation of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian settings. This training is open to participants from all humanitarian organizations working with MHPSS and related fields. The training is followed by a stand-alone introduction training day on scalable interventions. If applying for both trainings, there [...]