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Sunday, November 24 • 17:00 - 18:00
Practical steps towards better mental health support for local journalists in the MENA- Hosted by MCJN and IMS (Convention Center-Orchid Room) نحو رعاية نفسية أفضل للصحفيين: خطوات عملية لدعم الصحفيين المحليين برعاية شبكة ماري كولفن للصحفيات

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The panelists will discuss the importance and challenges related to providing mental health support to local journalists in the MENA region. Drawing on their own professional, institutional and personal experiences of this issue, the panelists will talk about practical measures already in place, such as direct online counselling, field workshops, and blogs on preventative measures for better mental health. The economic, cultural, logistical and psychological barriers that can prevent journalists from seeking and accessing appropriate mental health support will be discussed. The role of local media outlets in mental health support and exercising proper duty of care towards staff, regardless of resources to offer treatment. The discussion will emphasise that the need for mental health support is not solely limited to conflict areas, and that journalists working in stable countries, are also very likely to suffer from trauma, anxiety.... as a result of their work and should seek help.
المتحدثون في هذه الجلسة يناقشون التحديات والعوائق أمام توفير الدعم في مجال الصحة النفسية للصحافيين في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. كما يستعرضون التدابير التطبيقية والعملية بالاستناد إلى تجاربهم المهنية، المؤسسية والشخصية؛ منها: الاستشارات المباشرة عبر الإنترنت، ورش العمل الميدانية والمدّونات ذات الصلة بالتدابير الوقائية لدعم الصحة النفسية. 

كما يتطرق المتحدثون إلى الحواجز الاقتصادية، الثقافية، اللوجستية والنفسية التي تعوق إبحار الصحافيين عبر الشبكة العنكبوتية وإمكانية حصولهم على دعم مناسب في مجال الصحّة النفسية. ويستعرضون أيضا دور وسائل الإعلام المحلية في تأمين عناصر الصحّة النفسية وتوفير الرعاية الصحية المناسبة لموظفيها والعاملين فيها، بغض النظر عن الموارد اللازمة. وثمّة حاجة ملّحة الآن لتوفير صحة نفسية ليس في مناطق الصراعات فحسب، بل في مناطق وبلدان مستقرة.     



Speakers
avatar for Khaled Nasser

Khaled Nasser

Lecturer in Communication Studies, Family Wellness and Communication Center
Khaled Nasser, Ph.D., is a family communication consultant who specializes in trauma management, parenting and couples therapy. Nasser practices at his private clinic in Beirut, where he also administers neurofeedback training. He also provides trauma therapy and training sessions... Read More →
avatar for Dima Hamdan

Dima Hamdan

The Marie Colvin Journalists' Network
Dima Hamdan is the editor of The Marie Colvin Journalists' Network, an online community dedicated to supporting Arab female journalists.She has previously worked with the BBC World Service as a reporter and producer, with postings in Baghdad, Jerusalem, Beirut, Washington DC and others... Read More →
avatar for Maha Hassan Abdulraheem Assabalani

Maha Hassan Abdulraheem Assabalani

IMS
Maha Assabalani is IMS's Yemen Programme Coordinator. She has previously worked with the Arab Reform Initiative, International Federation for Human Rights, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, World Bank and United Nations University. Maha studied at the College of William... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2019 17:00 - 18:00 IST
Orchid Room