Amy Brathwaitehas produced a short documentary - “Kick at the Darkness”- which explores the psycho-social impact of working in high stress emergencies. The topic is presented through a series of candid interviews with individuals whose experiences span from the 2004 Tsunami, to the bombing of the United Nations building in Iraq, 2005 Pakistan earthquake response, ongoing conflicts in Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia and Chad, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and 2013 Typhoon in the Philippines.
The documentary explores how working in environments with intense suffering, devastation, conflict or volatility can manifests itself among staff, and delves into some of the coping mechanisms commonly used when support is not always available through humanitarian organizations. Although research in the area of staff care began over two decades ago, there is a sense that the support is either unnecessary, inappropriate or insufficient. In addition, during instances of intense stress, there could be a dismissal of fears or suppression of anxiety. This project aims to combat the lack of dialogue among the aid community about the impact of stress and hopefully restore a balance between self-care and care for affected populations.
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