2019 bi-annual meeting, webinar, publications and updates
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Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
Dear all, 

This newsletter gives you information about a call for papers on t
he relationship between trauma and false memories and a follow-up from the bi-annual Research Network meeting in November.

We have also compiled a list of new publications for you.

Happy reading, and Happy New Year to all of you!
Events and dates
Research network Bi-Annual meeting in November

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Festival of Research in Copenhagen. Two days of interesting discussion and knowledge sharing. New partnerships have been built and participants have strengthened their research skills. Hopefully leading the way for better integration of research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into humanitarian organisations.

We discussed 4 tracks:
1. Mental health of humanitarian workers
2. PFA between evidence and practice
3. Strengthening capacity for MHPSS interventions
4. MHPSS needs of migrants and emergency affected populations.

Also a warm welcome to the new coordination group which now consist of 12 members from a broad range of organisations:

Cecilie Dinesen, IFRC PS Centre
Sarah Davidson, British Red Cross
Frédérique Vallières, Trinity College Dublin
Ferdinand Garoff, University of Tampere
Ruth Var Rooyen, IFRC South Africa
Hamed Seddighi, Iranian Red Crescent
Camila Perera, PS Centre/ TDC
Militun Vracevic/Natasa Todorovic, Red Cross of Serbia
Marie Dahl, Save the Children
Carmel Gaillard, REPSSI
Jessica Lambert, DIGNITY
Carmen Valle-Trabadelo/Leslie Snider, MHPSS Collaborative/Save the Children


Moderator Wietse A. Tol leading the panel discussion on the challenges and the future of MHPSS research.
Workshop on research partnerships and funding.

Did you attend the Festival of Research?

We kindly ask you to share your feedback with us by filling out the evaluation form before 15. Jan.  It takes a few minutes and will be a great help for us to improve the next Festival of Research. If you already have completed the form, please ignore this message.
Calls for papers

Call for papers in special issue of European Journal of Psychotraumatology
The European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) invites you to submit your research papers (qualitative and quantitative), review articles, research articles and clinical practice articles for a special issue on Trauma, Memory and the Law.  The submissions should be about the following or related topics:

- The effect of trauma on memory in the legal arena
- The relationship between trauma and false memories
- The link between trauma, PTSD, and memory (distortions)
- Feigning of PTSD
- Detection of feigned symptoms

Deadline for submission is 29 February 2019.

Re-call for participants to a study on trauma exposure and risk behavior

The Trinity Centre for Global Health are conducting a joint study to examine trauma exposure and risk behavior among humanitarian aid workers. They are still looking for participants to complete an anonymous survey on Trauma Exposure among Humanitarian Aid Workers.
The results of this study will hopefully help better inform international humanitarian organisations about the experiences of humanitarian aid workers, and to suggest ways that risks associated with traumatic exposure could be mitigated.
Publications and resources

Akasaka M., Kawashima Y. Psychological first aid for children during the Kumamoto earthquake disaster response in Japan. Intervention 17.1 (2019): 103-108.

Aldamman, Kinan, et al. Caring for the mental health of humanitarian volunteers in traumatic contexts: The importance of Organisational Support. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 10.1 (2019): 1-12.
Kohrt, Brandon A., et al. Health research in humanitarian crises: an urgent global imperative. BMJ Global Health 4.6 (2019): 1-8.

Patel, Nimisha. The Mantra of ‘Do No Harm’in International Healthcare Responses to Refugee People. An Uncertain Safety. Springer, Cham, 2019: 155-183.

Pfeiffer, F. A. The Integration of Religion and Spirituality by Humanitarian OrganisationsinIndonesia –A Qualitative Case Study on the Provision of MHPSS after Disaster. (2019): 1-106.
Teng-Calleja, M. et al. Examining inter-organizational roles in Philippine post-disaster MHPSS delivery. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal 28.2 (2019): 258-271.

Xiong, T. et. al. A Scoping Review of the Role and Training of Para-professionals Delivering Psychological Interventions for Adults with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Depression and Anxiety 8.342 (2019): 2167-1044.

The research network noticeboard

Do you know someone who would like to join the Research Network? Ask them to sign up here!
Membership is open to individuals engaged in research on MHPSS topics and associated to the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and affiliated membership is open to individuals with experience in MHPSS research in humanitarian settings.

Did you know that research network members have compiled the following resources that may be useful for you:
Checklist for partnerships and sample contract
Mapping sources of funding for MHPSS research
Report writing template

The ‘Migration and Mental Health’ database is a comprehensive collection of academic resources which focuses specifically on the topic of migration and mental health.

You can access selected online journals with login information on IFRC's Fednet?
(Please note that the webiste require login).

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