On the occasion of our "Mental Health" year (2022/2023) we are collaborating with the Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Studies (Dr. Valérie Gorin) and the Interfaculty Centre for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva (Dr. Marzia Varutti). Throughout the year, a series of 5 thematic conversations will bring together specialized discussants from different fields of expertise in the informal and inspiring settings of our exhibitions. Together, we will explore questions such as: What are the new therapeutic perspectives in emergency contexts ? How to represent mental health ? How can I take care of myself or others?
Our approach seeks to offer critical tools and practical resources to a broad audience in order to destigmatize mental health issues.
5th discussion: How can I take care of myself or others?
Mental health doesn’t always involve specific and specialised psychotherapy and treatment. There are some very easy tools and practices that can be implemented by every individual to help manage stress and stressful situations. These tools can be used for self-help, individually and with groups.
The aim of this masterclass is to explore different everyday practices and psychological First Aid toolkits easily adaptable for individuals working in humanitarian contexts, or any stressful environment.
- Richard Raemy, Mental health first aid instructor & Counselor for school and career guidance
- Coline Rapneau, CHS Alliance Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Case Manager and Co-Active Certified Professional Coach
- Donna Williams, Founder of Emergencyoga and Donna Williams Wellbeing and Regional Head of Resource Mobilization at the ICRC
The discussion will be held in English only.
Richard Raemy has worked for the past 35 years in various fields such as administration, finance, human resources and social work in Germany, France and Switzerland. He was also active in pastoral work for 8 years. In 2017 he founded the company DNext together with his wife, which aims to accompany young people in their search for a course of study and training as well as professionals in their search for a job or in career transition. For the past 4 years, he has also been a first aid instructor in mental health.
Coline Rapneau began her career in 2004 in the international Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda as Legal Assistant in the Chambers and then in the Defense Council, before joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 2007. She spent 13 years with the ICRC, half of which in the field as Protection Delegate (Guinea-Conakry, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and Cambodia), before taking up the position of Sexual Violence Advisor in the Operations Department at the ICRC headquarters for almost 5 years.
Donna Williams is born to parents with wanderlust and distant gypsy blood and grew up travelling across Australia with a wild ambition to cure the world of injustice and create global peace. Twenty plus years of a humanitarian life later, a rapidly expanding wellbeing business and 50 trips around the sun finds her exactly where she wants to be, grateful to be able to continue her life's work.