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Dealing with Trauma

A list of helpful resources addressed to civil society members facing stress, threat and trauma in their work.

Whether you are receiving threats regarding your work or being exposed to distressing situations when reporting on traumatic events, stress is something all investigators have to take into account and learn how to tackle.

Some NGOs offer advice on how to reduce stress, overcome trauma and avoid post-traumatic stress disorders, also known as PTSD.

Front line defenders has a section of its website specially dedicated to human rights defenders, with tips from activists on how to reduce stress. There is also a list of resources.

Integrated Security is a manual which shows how to set up workshops reflecting on security and well-being. Originally created to specifically address issues faced by women human rights defenders, the workshops have been redesigned to focus on creating safe spaces for everyone.

The wellness network Capacitar has published an Emergency Response Kit in more languages, showing easy-to-perform movements, massages and relaxation techniques to help with trauma and stress.

Based at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, the Dart Center deals with all forms of journalism-related trauma, from crisis reporting to reporting on domestic violence. Among the wealth of information available on the Dart Center's website is a remarkably thorough section on PTSD.