The project will support journalists to build resilience and better cope with mental health distress, elevated by pandemic and recent massive attack on journalists from the increasingly growing number of far-right groups in Georgia. This project will provide journalists with first-aid psychological support, psycho-social support and increase their mental health literacy and wellbeing. Indirectly the project will increase mental health literacy among the Georgian public.
Journalists are frontline workers who put their lives and health at risk every day to deliver trustworthy information to the public. Stress, anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties and burnout is not a complete list of the mental health problems that many journalists face because of the Covid-19 crisis. Additionally, in Georgia journalists became the victims of physical abuse. 52 journalists were beaten up by the extremist groups, resulting in the death of a cameraman.
BBSA-Georgia offers evidence-based, trauma-informed programmes for journalists. This tailor-made programme aims to increase awareness of COVID-19 related mental health issues, provide information on accessible mental health services, support with resources, offer psycho-social support and safe space for sharing.This project will Increase capacity of journalists by offering a range of educational, training and consultation services: such as trauma-aware reporting on vulnerable individuals and com
Improve journalists' purpose in life; Enhanced socio-economic resilience & self-reliance; Introduce individuals to healthy coping skills and give them a secure space to practice them, therefore giving them lifelong access to efficient tools for use when life gets challenging. Empower the public as a group of consumers. Support a creative, safe and engaging public forum about mental health in Georgia.