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Strengthening humanitarian action through psychosocial support

Help us to support the mental health and wellbeing of aid workers

Your donation will help us build our capacity and bring our support to more aid workers.

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The psychological impact of aid work can be high.

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.

Aid workers deserve to get specialised support from psychologists who understand the unique challenges and risks of humanitarian aid and emergency relief work. With the right support, aid workers can be supported to manage these issues and continue doing this important work for a long time.

The Mandala Foundation is one of only a few organisations worldwide who provide these specialised services. We are a not-for-profit organisation and we provide professional psychological services and programs to NGOs at heavily discounted rates. Donations will assist us to ensure our capacity to respond to the needs of sector and to help those who help others long into the future.

Mandala Foundation is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR number 97 514 621 648). Donations of $2 or more to Mandala Foundation are tax deductible in Australia. 

How You Can Help

Your donation would make a difference…

$10,000
Would enable a capacity development training project for national staff in the Pacific and/or Timor Leste, assisting them to implement psychosocial support strategies into their project and management systems.
$1,800
Would sponsor ten aid workers to prepare for working in the aid sector and the psychological issues that may confront them on deployment by attending a one-day psychological preparation and/or vocational workshop.
$275
Would assist an international aid agency to purchase a hard-copy version of the Psychosocial Risk Management Tool that can be used to support the briefing and debriefing of aid workers before they leave on deployment.
$70
Would enable an aid organisation to assess potential risks to the health of ten of their volunteers or staff members in the field using the online Psychosocial Risk Management Tool.
$5,000
Would enable a one-day Leadership Forum program to be conducted in Melbourne, advocating for aid agencies to adopt a systematic approach in supporting their Australian and regional staff to manage stress and stay resilient.
$330
Would enable a manager of an under-resourced aid agency to attend a one-day psychosocial workshop aimed at reducing the detrimental impact of stress on aid workers.
$180
Would give an aid worker or volunteer the opportunity to prepare for the psychological issues that may confront them on an overseas deployment by attending a one-day psychological preparation workshop, or would enable an aid worker returning from a field assignment to access a session of counselling and debriefing with a psychologist with specific insight into the challenges of humanitarian work.
$25
Would enable an aid worker or volunteer access to three applications of the online Psychosocial Risk Management Tool to help them assess potential risks to their wellbeing, or would sponsor an aid worker to attend a Psychosocial Advocacy Group seminar.
A group of four Ni-Vanuatu NGO staff members work with a hard-copy version of the Mandala Foundation's Psychosocial Risk Management Tool.
Aid workers in Gaza

Make a monthly donation

A monthly donation is the best way to strengthen our capacity to support humanitarian work in the months and years to come. Donate now via Donate Planet, or contact us to donate via direct bank transfer.
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Make a one-off donation

A single donation will help make our support services available to a larger number of aid workers, in Australia or overseas. Donate now via Donate Planet, or contact us to donate via direct bank transfer.
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