Working in countries affected by war and natural disasters is inherently stressful. But psychological consequences are exacerbated by the lack of training and support before, during and after deployment.
Recent studies indicate that one third of humanitarian aid workers show significant signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The effects of mental health issues and burnout are clear in the suffering of individual relief workers, and also in the enormous financial and efficiency costs to organizations of losing so many talented, experienced staff.
Soon we'll bring you a whole bunch of the research and stats we have gathered with the help of academics and experts in the field of trauma and psychology.
(Honestly, soon. We just need a minute to go set things up in Jordan for the next couple of weeks, then we'll come back to New York and sort out the website properly.)