Aid Organizations Must Heed Mental Health Of Their Workers
New York Times: A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers
Rosalie Hughes, freelance journalist and former employee of the U.N. refugee agency and other relief organizations
“…Rates of clinical depression among aid workers are double those of American adults. … Yet mental health support for the estimated 250,000 humanitarian workers in the trenches is woefully lacking. … This must change, and not just for high-minded humanitarian reasons. Depressed and anxious aid workers perform poorly. … Aid organizations exist to alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity. They should do better at applying these principles to their own staff” (3/8).