We take a holistic approach to stress management in organisations.
We work at every level, from management to individual, to create a functional and sustainable system of staff support.
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Antares Distance Services
Antares is launching an online community to connect people, networks and organisations, sharing and creating resources and building knowledge related to staff care and psychosocial support for humanitarian aid workers and organisations operating in situations of enduring hardships, difficult events or circumstances.
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The Antares Foundation is a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands.
We work across all ranges and aspects of staff care and psychosocial support for humanitarian and developmental organizations worldwide.
We do this by:
- offering direct psychosocial support in emergency settings
- carrying out research on staff care systems and support
- offering practical solutions for better staff care for individuals, teams and organizations
- campaigning for better care systems and support for both national and international staff
Training for Missions to Ebola areas
Since the Ebola outbreak, Antares supports staff from (inter) national NGOs who are being sent to and come back from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, providing training before the mission, support during, and debriefing afterwards. This is not a clinical medical training, but a stress management training to prepare, sustain and return from these areas. Antares Foundation has an alliance with InterHealth Worldwide, a not for profit health organisation with centres in London, UK and Nairobi, Kenya. InterHealth provides medical, psychological, travel health services, training & support.
We have adapted our briefing sessions to address the specific stressors and resources that are relevant for working in these areas:
The training has an extra focus on:
Prepare:Before the mission
- How to inform, prepare and communicate with your family/friends before going on a mission, with a special focus on children.
- How to communicate and manage their reactions during the mission.
- How to manage yourself and family/friends on your return from a mission.
- How to manage your own and other’s anxiety/thoughts/fears to be at risk, to be infected with Ebola. Investigation and sharing of these main concerns and worries.
Sustain:During the mission
- How to manage yourself and your team members while working e.g. in isolation or a high-risk environment? how can you recognize sigs and symptoms of chronic and cumulative stress within your self, your team?
- What are your limits, what has to happen for you to leave the mission?
- What are your resources to deal with the emotional impact of this mission?
- How to deal with affected families, communities, national staff.
- How to set up and maintain a buddy system to support each other in a team during and after the mission.
- Development of a personal and team toolbox with resources to handle individual and team stress, and enhance your resiliency during the mission.
Deployment and adaptation: After the mission:
- How to deal and communicate with your family and friends after your return.
- How to recognize normal signs and symptoms of stress after your mission.
- How to adapt to your previous life .
- When and where to seek support if you, or your family are experiencing on-going problems after your return.
- How to set up a peer support system with your colleagues after your mission.
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