What is it about?

Aid workers provide important services to millions of vulnerable people around the word, but often suffer from poor mental health. This study investigates ways in which the actions of their employers make it easier or more challenging for them to access mental health care.

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Why is it important?

This study suggests that employer actions can play an important role in aid workers' comfort with and ability to access mental health care. In particular, aid workers find it easier to seek help for mental health concerns when their employers send positive messages about the importance of mental health, connect them to appropriate service providers, and train managers to recognize signs of poor mental health and trauma.


Aid workers do so much for so many vulnerable people around the world. I hope this article will inspire aid organizations to think critically about actions they can take to help aid workers care for their mental health.

Chava Nerenberg
University of California Santa Barbara

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This page is a summary of: Structural barriers and facilitators to mental health services for international aid workers., Traumatology An International Journal, October 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/trm0000423.
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