Many people enter the development sector to be involved in meaningful, purpose-driven work. Often, working for mission-driven development organizations also involves operating in highly challenging contexts, frequent and unpredictable travel, overseas postings, and, particularly in humanitarian settings, exposure to violence or the aftermath of disasters.
For World Mental Health Day, Devex sits down with Dr. Kavita Avula, KonTerra’s Lead Consulting Psychologist, to discuss the impact of mental health challenges on the sector’s professionals, and how organizations can better support employees.
We'll be discussing:
- Why professionals in the development and humanitarian sectors are at risk for work-related mental health issues.
- How employers can ensure their organizations have the services and resources they need to provide adequate staff care
- How to identify when an employee or colleague might be struggling with more than routine work stress — from anxiety to coping with traumatic incidents.
- What individuals can do to look out for their well-being while in high stress environments.