Mental health

Whether they are based in the conflict zone itself or conducting research remotely, casualty recorders must deal with distressing situations and materials on a daily basis. The materials gathered here aim to support casualty recorders with managing these challenges, including by taking steps to tackle secondary and vicarious trauma.

ECC hosted a webinar with two expert international trauma psychologists, on Casualty recording and mental health. The webinar recording is available on demand for CRN members. Please contact us to request a viewing link.

Trauma informed investigations field guide

This guide, produced jointly by UNITAD and Stanford University, contains useful advice for dealing with trauma among staff as well as witnesses and interviewees.

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The issue of vicarious trauma experienced by journalists has been addressed by various news media organisations globally. Several have publicly available guidance which may be useful for casualty recorders. The Dart Center has published brief but useful guidance on developing standard operating procedures for working with traumatic imagery.

Journalism and vicarious trauma: A guide for journalists, editors and news organisations

This guide is specifically directed at journalists and investigators working online with distressing user generated content (UGC) such as social media videos.

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Vicarious Trauma : A guide for journalists and newsrooms

This guidance was produced for journalists by Headlines, a foundation to promote mental health in the media and Mind, a leading UK mental health charity. Additional resouces are available on the Headlines website.

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