Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian workers: review and analysis of the literature from 1990 to 2021.

  • Rivera Largacha, Silvia Maria Antonia (PI)
  • Yaya Quezada, Carlos Julian (PI)

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Prepare a review and critical analysis of the literature that since the 1990s describes the psychosocial and mental health conditions of humanitarian workers, and the alternatives for support, prevention and promotion of mental health that they have in the exercise of their duties. labors.


Mental health, humanitarian work, psychosocial risk, psychosocial support, care for the caregiver.

Commitments / Obligations

3. Expected results
1. A directed undergraduate work on the subject of mental health in humanitarian workers
2.A product of social appropriation of knowledge: which will consist of a course or diploma designed for continuing education that aims to train humanitarian workers.
3.A product for the generation of new knowledge: article submitted to an internationally indexed journal.
4. Application for a financing opportunity for an item higher than that requested from Competitive Funds.
3.1. Scientific talent training products
Space will be opened for doctoral, master's or undergraduate students to join the research to build their theses on the subject of mental health in the field of humanitarian work. Professors Silvia Rivera Largacha and Angela Santamaría will act as thesis directors.
3.2. Products of social appropriation of knowledge
Scientific events: a free access virtual conference on mental health in humanitarian work will be organized with an invitation extended to NGOs working at the national level.
Extension product: Design and implementation of a continuing education course that aims to train humanitarian workers. Within the design of this course, some guides will be written for psychosocial support to humanitarian personnel.
3.3. New knowledge generation product
A research article submitted to a type A1 publication in which it is elaborated: a review of the state of the art on the theoretical-methodological terms that have been hegemonic, since the 90's, in the study of the mental health of humanitarian workers as tools to: identify and analyze the mental health conditions of these workers and propose models and actions for the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions in this population.
Effective start/end date2/15/221/30/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Seed Capital


  • Región Centro Oriente
  • Bogotá D.C.


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