Aid Worker Wellbeing

Aid workers operate in complex, stressful and insecure environments, often while away from their own support networks. The psychological impact of aid work can be high.

Research has found that up to 30 per cent of aid workers have reported significant symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after their assignments, and 20 per cent have reported clinically significant levels of depression. Levels of post-deployment anxiety, burnout and distress are also high.

Download our infographic to find out more about the mental health risks faced by aid workers.

Yet with the right support, aid workers can be supported to manage these issues and continue doing this important work for a long time.

On this page you will find links to useful resources and services to help you manage your own stress, mental health and wellbeing.

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Psychosocial Support Services

If you are looking for some personalised psychosocial support, we offer confidential briefing, counselling, debriefing, mentoring and vocational counselling services to individual aid workers and volunteers.

Resource: Supporting Aid Workers in Humanitarian Emergencies

This resource sheet provides information and advice about psychosocial challenges faced by aid workers responding to the Rohingya refugee emergency in Bangladesh.

Workshop: Psychological Preparation for International Aid Work

This workshop is designed to prepare less experienced aid workers and volunteers for the psychological adjustment issues they may encounter.

Psychosocial Risk Management Tool

Individual aid workers can access the Risk Tool for free to assess their understanding of the psychosocial risks associated with a particular assignment and consider the anticipated impact of these risks on their wellbeing.

Workshop: Psychosocial First Aid Skills

This workshop provides a practical introduction to psychosocial first aid skills that can be applied to a wide range of situations, from large scale disasters to everyday collegial support.

Guidelines for Managing Psychosocial Risk

The Guidelines contain suggestions for practical self-care strategies that aid workers can implement to take responsibility for their mental health and wellbeing across the cycle of their assignment.

Workshop: Pathways to Aid Work

This workshop is designed to provide prospective aid workers with a thorough understanding of the current vocational landscape, in order to chart an effective pathway that balances experience and aspiration.


For further information about any of our services for individual aid workers, please contact:

Kate Minto, Director & Senior Psychologist, Mandala Staff Support

Phone: (+61 3) 9005 0808
Email: [email protected]