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Providing Emotional Support for Children, Families & Staff during Times of Crisis
Millions of children around the world are affected by emergencies related to natural disasters, conflict and violence, severe poverty – and now, of course, a frightening pandemic. While responding to physical needs for food, health care and the like is important, providing girls and boys with the emotional support they need to get through what they have suffered is equally vital.
Living through a disaster can severely affect a child’s psychological wellbeing, with far-reaching consequences. Without positive mental health, a child can have trouble learning, often struggles to build meaningful relationships, and may have an increased risk of turning to dangerous practices such as substance abuse and violence, which can have a tragic impact on their entire life.
Demand for specialized Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) support for children affected by emergencies is increasing, as is the demand for humanitarian responses that harness the natural resilience and capabilities of local populations. Including emotional support activities in disaster preparation and response will help children not only survive disasters, but, with the support of families, communities and organizations like Save the Children, to continue to thrive in their wake.
Expanding a Global Partnership between J&J and Save the Children
Save the Children has over 100 years’ experience providing children around the world with a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crises strike, we are one of the few responders that makes sure children’s unique needs are not overlooked. A current global partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Save the Children supports MHPSS for children, families, and frontline workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Lebanon and the United States.
Our partnership takes a multi-layered approach to MHPSS that includes: a) strengthening the ability of non-mental health professionals to provide basic emotional support and to identify and refer children and caregivers who require more specialized help; b) building the skills of existing child and family support workers to provide basic counseling; and c) promoting the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of our own frontline staff and partners.
Save the Children does whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. That is no less true during this pandemic. Thus, in response to COVID-19, we are adapting both current and future programming models to include physically distanced in-person support as well as remote support where possible.
Reaching More Children with the Emotional Support They Need
While our current J&J partnership focuses on 4 countries, many other nations are in need of similar initiatives, especially those in disaster-prone areas or affected by ongoing emergencies. With your generous donation, we will build on our experience in addressing the psychological needs of children affected by disaster, expanding this proven program to new locations so more girls and boys can overcome the emotional consequences of what they suffered and enjoy happy and fulfilling lives.
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