Given the nature of their work, the majority of journalists – between 80 and 100% – are exposed to traumatic events, and not just those happening on the frontlines of conflict but the often overlooked everyday tragedies like traffic accidents, fire, homicide, natural disaster and gender-based violence. Being constantly exposed to trauma, either first or second-hand, in-person or online, takes a toll and can have a significant impact on a person’s emotional health.
To address these various forms of trauma, the IWMF has incorporated resilience and self-care exercises into its Hostile Environment and First-Aid Trainings (HEFAT). Practicing self-care and building resilience allows journalists to safely carry on their work while managing and mitigating the risks they face in their professional life.
We think it’s imperative to equip the journalists we support with these tools so they can practice self-care and have the skills to navigate the field.