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.
For more on the epidemic of burnout, read these articles:
- The New York Times: A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers
- The Guardian: Mental Health Crisis Among Aid Workers