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Supporting mission personnel and humanitarian workers worldwide

Links to other resources for humanitarian and mission workers


To see resources for humanitarian and mission workers on other websites, click the headings below. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of these websites.


Support for humanitarian workers and missionaries


Support for families of humanitarian and mission workers


Stress and well-being


Help after disasters and trauma


Safeguarding


Websites which provide useful information in languages other than English


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Support for humanitarian workers and missionaries

Humanitarian workers

  • InterHealth Worldwide. A clinic specialising in physical and psychological care for aid workers. Website includes useful guidelines, resources and links.
  • CHS Alliance. Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance.
  • Global Aid Worker. Forum for aid workers to ask and answer questions of each other and to exchange resources, information and support.
  • Cochrane Evidence Aid Project. Reviews research evidence on aid-related matters such as resources for earthquakes, flooding, sanitation and PTSD
  • Comhlamh. For aid workers who have returned to Ireland, includes information about a free ‘coming home weekend’, careers tuition, referral to counsellors, and other support.
  • Mission workers

  • Member Care Radio. Podcasts and printed material related to the care of mission workers.
  • Oscar. Information, advice and resources about mission work overseas.
  • Mobile Member Care Team. Includes handouts on trauma and, under ‘Communiqué’, resources on crisis care, transition, cross-cultural workers, TCKs, couples, conflict resolution, and other topics. Primarily for missionaries but also relevant for others.
  • Syzygy. Resources, debriefing and practical help for mission personnel, especially those who ‘don’t fit into boxes’.
  • Global Member Care. Resources for mission workers worldwide.
  • Thrive. Empowering Global Women.
  • Member Care Associates. Supportive resources for workers and sending groups within the mission/humanitarian sectors. Look under ‘Organizational resources’ and then ‘Global member care resources list’ to search for member care resources in different parts of the world.
  • Global Connections. A website primarily for Christian organisations, this contains many papers relevant to overseas aid work, including a Code of best practice in short-term mission.
  • Barnabas International. Information about re-entry seminars for TCKs, debriefing, free retreats, and encouragement letters for missionaries, available in Spanish, Hindi, Russian and Ukrainian.
  • Missionary Care: Resources for mission and mental health. Offers free e-books, including What missionaries ought to know and Coming “home”: The re-entry transition, as well as books on TCKs and adolescence.
  • Member Care Europe. Resource to the European missions community - linking member care professionals with places, ministries and resources.
  • Therapy for the Majority World. Promoting the importance of psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatry, coaching and psychosocial approaches in Christian mission.
  • General support for expatriates

  • Expat Exchange. Help for expats worldwide.
  • Escape Artist: Live, work, travel, invest and retire abroad.
  • Transition Dynamics. A consultation service to the international expatriate community.
  • The Resilient Expat. Blog not to be confused with our site.
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    Support for families of humanitarian and mission workers

    Expatriate families

  • Family Matters. Headington Institute's online module on self-care for family members humanitarian workers.
  • Expat Expert. Robin Pascoe's website
  • Families in Global Transition. Useful resources related to children and families.
  • BR Anchor Publishing. Promoting Relocation Success for Families Worldwide.
  • Familiegladje. Resources in Swedish and English for helping third culture kids, based on ideas from family therapy and the author's experience.
  • Parenting a third culture kid.
  • A life overseas.
  • Third culture kids

    Third culture kids are people who grow up in a different culture to their parents owing to their parents' job.
  • TCK Life
  • Interaction International
  • TCK World. Ruth van Reken's website.
  • Cross-cultural Kids Blog
  • Overseas Brats
  • Third Culture Kidz
  • Families of military personnel

  • National Military Family Association.
  • Children of missionaries

  • OSCAR. Information for children of missionaries
  • MK Planet Facebook page
  • Mukappa. A fraternal association for MKs.
  • See also sites for Third Culture Kids

    General advice for parents

  • Parenting Support Centre. For parents advising about children and teenagers' problems.
  • Care for the Familyg. UK-based resource for parents advising about children and teenagers' problems.
  • American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families. Advice for families on children and teenagers' mental health problems.
  • Family lives. Online evidenced-based course for helping parents manage difficult behaviour among children aged 3-8.
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    Stress and well-being

    Specific to humanitarian or mission workers

  • Mental Health Resources for Cross Cultural Workers. Includes free e-books on cross-cultural issues.
  • Antares Foundation. Stress briefings for humanitarian and development workers.
  • Headington Institute. Very useful papers on aspects connected to stress and trauma among aid workers. This includes online training modules which can be downloaded at no cost. These cover a range of subjects including traumatic stress; travel and re-entry stress; supporting national staff, and vicarious trauma. Some of these are available in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish as well as English.
  • See also General websites for mission and humanitarian workers.
  • General stress and well-being resources

  • No Panic. Self-help advice and treatment for people with anxiety disorders, based on cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Wellbeing Glasgow. An excellent website with information about depression, stress and related problems. This includes assessments; self-help materials; relevant articles, and interviews with leaders from different faith communities about issues related to mental health. Includes some information in Polish and Slovak.
  • Mood Gym. Online cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety
  • Anorexia & Bulimia Care. Christian self-help for people with eating disorders.
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Managers and Employees. Commercial online training course.
  • Premier Mind and Soul. About mental health issues and Christianity. Includes articles on stress and depression, podcasts, and blogs.
  • Rehab Center. Free resources on mental health and addiction.
  • The Adrenal Fatigue Solution. Using prayer to reduce stress.
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    Help after disasters and trauma

  • Hostage UK. Help in cases involving kidnapping.
  • David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages. Useful trauma information, including principles for working with traumatised children. Handouts available in English and Spanish.
  • Crisis management training powerpoints. Downloadable powerpoints on crisis management, with reviews.
  • The Peace Corps, including a crisis management handbook and workbook, and a rape response workbook.
  • Cruse. For bereavement care and information.


  • Safeguarding

  • The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service, based in UK and specialising in advice to churches and Christian organisations on safeguarding children, mainly from a UK statutory perspective.
  • The Child Saftey and Protection Network, based in the USA and specialising in advice to missions on safeguarding children, mainly from a North American perspective
  • Viva Network. Networks organisations worldwide working with children at risk, and provides some training on safeguarding in the majority world.
  • Global Connections Guidelines for developing a Safeguarding Children Policy. for UK based organisations or UK churches sending staff or volunteers overseas.


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    Websites which provide useful information in languages other than English

  • Mental Health in Multicultural Australia. Multicultural mental health website. Includes factsheets on depression, anxiety disorders and other difficulties in over 20 languages. Many of the sheets are available in audio as well as print format, for those who prefer to listen rather than read the information. Has links to other multicultural resources.
  • Headington Institute. Includes free online training modules covering a range of subjects including trauma and travel stress. Some are available in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
  • Wellbeing Glasgow. Information about depression, stress and related problems, as well as interviews with leaders from different faith communities about issues related to mental health. Includes some information in Polish and Slovak. Urdu translations are also planned.
  • International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Search for ‘Managing stress in the field’, in Spanish or French.
  • David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages. Trauma information, including principles for working with traumatised children. Handouts in Spanish.
  • Arabic Member Care Projects. Book chapters on debriefing and other topics, available in Arabic. Primarily for those involved with Christian work overseas.
  • Community Stress Prevention Center. Israeli organisation founded by influential psychotrauma specialist Professor Mooli Lahad. Many useful materials in Hebrew.
  • Familiegladje. Resources in Swedish and English for helping third culture kids, based on ideas from family therapy and the author's experience.
  • Mobile Member Care Team has French handouts on debriefing, trauma, helping children, and teams.
  • Famille je t'aime. French resources for helping families.
  • Barnabas International. Information about debriefing, free retreats, seminars for children, and encouragement letters for missionaries, available in Spanish, Hindi, Russian and Ukrainian.
  • American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Facts for Families: advice for families on children and teenagers' mental health problems. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
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